How to Cite a Magazine Article in MLA

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Published October 31, 2011. Updated September 23, 2021.

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Magazine: A publication that is issued periodically and contains items such as articles, essays, poems, or pictures.


How to cite magazine articles published and found in print

Works Cited
Structure

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Magazine Title, vol. volume number, no. issue number, date published, page number(s).

Example

Rothbart, Davy. “How I Caught Up with Dad.” Men’s Health, Oct. 2008, pp. 108-13.

Cite your source

In-text Citations
Structure

(Last Name page numbers)

Example

(Rothbart 112)

 


How to cite magazine articles found on a website

Works Cited
Structure

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Magazine Title, date month year published, URL.

Example

Rothbart, Davy. “How I Caught up with Dad.” Men’s Health, 18 Sept. 2008, www.menshealth.com/trending-news/a19534762/rekindling-a-father-son-relationship.

Cite your source

Note: When citing sources reproduced online from their in-print version, it is not necessary to include online information such as the website publisher or the date of electronic publication.

In-text Citations
Structure

(Last Name)

Example

(Rothbart)

 


Published October 31, 2011. Updated May 18, 2021.


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How do I create an MLA in-text citation for a magazine?

To create an in-text citation for a magazine found in print:

Place the author’s last name and the page number of the quote in parenthesis after the borrowed quote or information. Example: “Time spent with family or friends is more important now than ever” (Garcia 120).

To create an in-text citation for a magazine found on a website:

Place the author’s last name in parenthesis after the borrowed quote or information. No page number is needed. Example: “Every day I was excited to see my dad, the way you’re excited to be around a new friend” (Rothbart).

Who uses the MLA citation style?

MLA is the style most often used in literature, language, history, art, and theater subjects.

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No matter what citation style you’re using (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) the EasyBib Citation Generator can help you create the right bibliography quickly.

How do I cite a magazine article with multiple authors and no page numbers?

To cite a magazine with multiple authors and no page numbers in MLA style, you need to have basic information including the authors, publication date, title of the article, magazine name, and the URL. The templates for in-text citations and works cited list entries of a magazine article written by multiple authors along with examples are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

For citations in prose, use the first name and surname of the first author followed by “and others” or “and colleagues.” In subsequent citations, use only the surname of the first author followed by “and others” or “and colleagues.” In parenthetical citations, always use only the surname of the first author followed by “et al.”

Citation in prose:

First mention: Katherine Zoepf and colleagues . . . or Katherine Zoepf and others . . .

Subsequent occurrences: Zoepf and colleagues . . . or Zoepf and others . . .

Parenthetical:

. . . (Zoepf et al.)

Works cited list entry template and example:

The title of the article is in plain text and title case; it is placed inside quotation marks. The title of the magazine is set in italics. Follow the format given in the template and example for setting the date, month, and year.

Template:

Surname, F., et al. “Title of the Article.” Magazine Name, Publication Date, URL.

Example:

Zoepf, Katherine, et al. “Shopgirls: The Art of Selling Lingerie.” The New Yorker, 15 Aug. 2019, www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/12/23/shopgirls.

Use only the first author’s name in surname–first name order in the entry, followed by “et al.”

How do I cite an online journal or magazine article in MLA format?

To cite an online journal or magazine article in MLA style, you need to have basic information including the author, publication date, title of the article, journal or magazine title, volume and issue numbers, and the URL. The templates and examples for in-text citations and works cited list entries for an online journal article (with one author) are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

For citations in prose, use the first name and surname of the author in the first occurrence. In subsequent citations, use only the surname. In parenthetical citations, always use only the surname of the author.

Citation in prose:

First mention: Roger Dawkins . . .

Subsequent occurrences: Dawkins . . .

Parenthetical:

. . . (Dawkins)

Works cited list entry template and example:

The title of the journal or magazine article is in plain text and title case; it is placed inside quotation marks. The title of the journal or magazine is set in italics.

Template:

Surname, F. “Title of the Article.” Journal or Magazine Title, vol. #, no. #, Publication Date, URL.

Example:

Dawkins, Roger. “How We Speak When We Say Things About Ourselves in Social Media: A Semiotic Analysis of Content Curation.” M/C Journal, vol. 18, no. 4, 2015, www.journal.media-culture.org.au/index.php/mcjournal/article/view/999.