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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th Edition): Journal and Magazine Articles

Journal or Magazine Article From Library Database - One Author

Format

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Subtitle if Any." Name of Journal, Volume Number, Issue Number, Date of Publication, First Page Number-Last Page Number. Name of Database, [doi:DOI number or permalink URL].

Example

Guillen, Jorge. "Does Financial Openness Matter in the Relationship Between Financial Development and Income Distribution in Latin America?" Emerging Markets Finance & Trade, vol. 52, no. 5, 2016, pp. 1145-1155. Business Source Premier, doi:10.1080/1540496X.2015.1046337

Journal Article From a Website - One Author

Format

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Subtitle if Any." Name of Journal, vol. Volume Number, no. Issue Number, Date of Publication, pp. First Page Number- Last Page Number if Given, Permalink URL or DOI. Accessed Day Month Year site was visited.

Example

Elson, Peter. "A Comparative Analysis of Nonprofit Policy Network Governance in Canada." Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research, vol. 6, no. 2, 2015, pp. 42-64, anserj.ca/anser/ index.php/cjnser/article/view/201/127. Accessed 27 Jun. 2016.


 Note: Give as complete a date as is provided. In this example only the year was given.

Journal Article in Print - One Author

Format

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article: Subtitle if Any." Name of Journal, vol. Volume Number, no. Issue Number, Date of Publication, pp. First Page Number- Last Page Number.

Example

Ki, Eyun-Jung. "A Measure of Relationship Cultivation Strategies." Journal of Public Relations Research, vol. 21, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-24.


 Note: Give as complete a date as is provided. In this example only the year was given.

How to Cite When You Have Two Authors

If you have two authors, cite the first author listed with Last Name, First Name followed by a comma, then "and [the Second Author's First Name Last Name.]"

Example: Smith, James, and Josephine Walker. 

How to Cite When You Have Three or More Authors

If you have three or more authors cite only the name of the first author listed with their Last Name, First Name followed by a comma et al.

Example: Smith, James, et al.

How to Cite When No Author is Listed

If no author is listed for your journal or magazine, simply skip the author entry and begin the citation with the name of the article. 

Example: "The Horror." Career World, vol. 37, no. 2, p. 2, 2008. 

What is a DOI?

DOI Numbers for Journal Articles

Some electronic content like journal articles is assigned a unique number called a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). The DOI gives a way to find an article. If a DOI is provided for a journal article, include it after the page numbers of the article as "doi:[doi number]". 

For a more detailed explanation, read the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries' Quick-How-To on Finding a DOI.

If you have a DOI and would like to lookup an item with it, click here and enter the doi number where indicated.