A magazine is a publication that is released periodically. It includes articles and illustrations that generally center around a specific subject matter. Current events, celebrity news, health and wellness, and sports topics are often featured in magazines. A few popular examples include Time Magazine, People, Women’s Health, and ESPN magazines.
To cite a magazine article in MLA 8, locate the following pieces of information:
*The name of the author of the article
The title of the article
The title of the magazine
The names of any other contributors to the magazine article (if applicable)
The version of the magazine (if applicable)
*Any numbers associated with the magazine, such as a volume or issue number.
The publication date
The location, such as a page number or page range
The name of the database where the magazine article was found (if applicable)
*The URL or DOI (if the article was found online)
If the article is written by more than one author, refer to EasyBib’s page on How to Format the Author’s Name in MLA 8 to learn how to display more than one author in a citation.
Some magazines include a volume and issue number. The volume number usually refers to the number of years that the publication has been circulating. The issue number is the number of issues that have been circulated in a specific year. For example, the first issue of a magazine for the year 2016 that was first circulated in 1996 would be volume 20, issue 1. In a magazine’s citation, this information is displayed as vol. 20, no. 1.
When including the URL in the citation, omit “http://” and “https://” from the site’s address. In addition, if the citation will be viewed on a digital device, it is helpful to make it clickable. This ensures that readers will be able to easily access and view the source themselves.
*In addition, publisher’s names can be omitted for periodicals (journals, magazines, and newspapers).
How to Cite a Magazine Article in MLA 8
The structure of a citation for a magazine article in print or on a website in MLA 8 includes the following:
Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of magazine article.” Title of magazine, First name Last name of any other contributors (if applicable), Version (if applicable), Numbers (such as a volume and issue number), Publication date, Page numbers or URL.
The structure of a citation for a magazine article found on a database in MLA 8 includes the following:
Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of magazine article.” Title of magazine, First name Last name of any other contributors (if applicable), Version (if applicable), Numbers (such as a volume and issue number), Publication date, Page numbers. Title of database, URL or DOI.
Example of a citation for a magazine article found in print in MLA 8:
Wolinsky, Howard. “The Blue-Eyed Anomaly.” Ancestry, vol. 27, no. 1, Jan.-Feb. 2009, pp. 58-69.
Example of a citation for a magazine article found online in MLA 8:
Nijhuis, Michelle. “How the Parks of Tomorrow Will be Different.” National Geographic, photographed by Keith Ladzinski, Dec. 2016, www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/12/
Example of a citation for a magazine article found on a database in MLA 8:
Richard, Andrew. “Print, Digital, and What Really Matters…:New Surveys Raise Questions about Americans’ Book-Reading Habits.” Publisher’s Weekly, vol. 263, no. 38, 19 Sept. 2016, p. 24. Popular Magazines, go.galegroup.com.i.ezproxy.nypl.org/ps/i.do?