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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 series number/type of the journal (if given), the volume number (if given), the issue number (if given), the year of publication, the page numbers of the article, format.

Structure:

Last, First M., and First M. Last. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Print.

Examples:

Jacoby, William G. “Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending.” American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. Print.

Fearon, James D., and David D. Laitin. “Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War.” American Political Science Review 97.01 (2003): 75. Print.

How to Cite a Journal Online in MLA

Format:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

Example:

Poiger, Uta G. “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities.” The Journal of Modern History 68.3 (1996): 577. JSTOR. Web. 2 Jan. 2013

How to Cite a Journal on a Database in MLA

Format:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume. Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed

Examples:

Jacoby, William G. “Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending.” American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. JSTOR. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.

Poiger, Uta G. “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Female Sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities.” The Journal of Modern History 3rd ser. 68 (1996): 577-616. JSTOR. Web. 4 Jan. 2013.

Make sure to:

  • Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.
  • Only include the URL if the source cannot be found easily.

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