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Writing an Annotated Bibliography: Citing a journal or magazine article in MLA

How to write an annotated bibliography

Basic Journal Article Citation

Basic Works Cited Entry

Author's last name, Author's first name. "Title of the Article." Name of Publication volume.issue (Year): pages. 

Additional information required in citations of electronic journals:

After the page numbers, include the name of the database or website the piece comes from, and include the date the information was accessed, as well as the permalink or DOI, if available. 


Scholarly Journal Article - Print


Mueller, Ned. "The Teddy Bears' Picnic: Four-Year-Old Children's Personal Constructs in Relation to Behavioural Problems and to Teacher Global Concern."  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines 37.4 (1996): 381-389. 

Scholarly Journal article from a library database


Bergstrom, Brian. "Avonlea as 'World': Japanese Anne of Green Gables Tourism as Embodied Fandom." Japan Forum 26.2 (2014) 224-245. Academic Search Complete. doi:10.1080/09555803.2014.900514. Accessed 05 Sept. 2016.

Article from a magazine - Print

Magazines are cited differently than journal publications. See if you can spot the difference between the journal citations above and the magazine citations below.

Davies, Paul. "Are ALIENS Among Us?"  Scientific American Dec. 2007: 62-69. 

Citations from magazines for the general public, such as Scientific American, Time, Newsweek, or People, do not require volume or issue number, and the date is not placed in parentheses.

Magazine article from a library database


Benzuly, Sarah. "Staging Green Day's 'American Idiot'." Mix 34.1 (2010): 32. MasterFILE Premier, Accessed 17 Oct. 2016

Need more?

Additional examples and explanations for journal or magazine citations are found on pages 136-48 [print sources] and 190-93 [electronic sources] in the MLA Handbook (2016), or visit the websites listed on the MLA home page.

In-text citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue OWL: MLA In-text Citations.