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How to Cite a Journal in Print in MLA

Include the author’s name, the title of the article, the name of the journal, the volume number, the issue number, the year of publication, and the page numbers of the article.

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, Year Published, page numbers.

Examples:

Jacoby, William G. “Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending.” American Journal of Political Science, vol. 38, no. 2, 1994, pp. 336-61.

Fearon, James D., and David D. Laitin. “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War.” American Political Science Review, vol. 97, 2003, p. 75.

How to Cite a Journal Online in MLA

In addition to the information above, include the name of the website where you found the journal article and the URL.

Format:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, Year Published, page numbers. Website Title, URL.

Example:

Poiger, Uta G. “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities.” The Journal of Modern History, vol. 68, no. 3, 2007, p. 78. Modern History Online, www.modernhistory.org/music-history/rock-gender.

How to Cite a Journal on a Database in MLA

Include the name of the database where you accessed the article and the URL.

Format:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, Year Published, page numbers. Database Title, URL.

Example:

Poiger, Uta G. “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities.” The Journal of Modern History, vol. 68, no. 3, 2007, p. 78. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/music-history/rock-gender.

 

Make sure to:

  • Provide advanced information for the journal if it is available, such as the volume and series number.
  • Always include the URL if you accessed the article online.

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