Research Guide: Scholarly Journals

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Example MLA Citation for a Scholarly Journal Article

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Quick Guide - MLA

Citations: The How and Why of Citing Sources

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MLA Formula

Basic Formula For MLA Works Cited Citations
Include as much of the following as possible:
Author. Title of Source. Title of Container, Contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication Date, Location. Date Accessed.

Author.

•    one author: Last Name, rest of name as presented in the source. (example: Williams, Fred Laurence.)
•    two authors: reverse name of first author followed by a comma, then second author’s first name and then last name. (example: Cordell, Barbara, and Jane Buckle.)
•    more than two authors: reverse the name of the first author, follow with a comma and et al.  (example: Browne, Charlene, et al.) 

Title of Source. Put name of source in italics. **However, if citing an article or part of the source, put that title in quotation marks with no italics: "Article Name."
Title of Container, •    When the source is part of a larger whole, the larger whole can be thought of as a container (example: a whole book is a container for a book chapter)
•    Put the title of the container in italics (if you have cited an article or part of the whole source container)
Contributors, Example: Edited by,
Version, Example: 7th ed.
Number, Any numbered sequence. Example: vol. 3, no. 7,
Publisher, (none required for articles)
Publication Date, Date as given on source with the following style: day, month (abbreviated). year,. Example: 8 Sep. 2019,
**If season is given, use lower-case. Example: spring 2020,
Location.

•    Example of website: www.cnn.com
do not include http:// in the URL
•    Example of chapter pages in a hardcopy book: pp. 250-259.
•    Example of article from database: pp. 195-212. ProQuest Research Library, https://doi.org/10.3149/jmh.1203.195.
**if no “DOI,” include stable URL or “permalink” without the http://

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