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Citation Guide: How to cite JOURNALS

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

How to cite PRINT JOURNALS

MLA Journal Article Citation

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented
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    Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. "Title of Article." Name of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): Pages. Print.

    Example:
    Hise, Greg. "Home Building and Industrial Decentralization in Los Angeles." Journal of Urban History 19.2 (1993): 95-125. Print.

    Silverman, Rebecca, and Sara Hines. "The Effects of Multimedia-Enchanced Instruction on the Vocabulary of English-Language Learners and Non-English-Language Learners in Pre-Kindergarten Through Second Grade." Journal of Educational Psychology 101.2 (2009): 305-14. Print.

    How to cite JOURNALS from a database

    MLA Journal Article Citation

    • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced.
    • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented.

    Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or initial. "Title of Article." Name of Journal Vol.Issue (Year): pages. Name of database. Web. Date of access.

    Examples:

    Warren, Elizabeth, and Jay Lawrence Westbrook. "Contracting out of Bankruptcy: An Empirical Intervention." Harvard Law Review 118.4 (2005): 1197-1254. JSTOR. Web. 16 Apr. 2009.

    How to cite ONLINE JOURNALS

    MLA Journal Article Citation

    • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced.
    • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented.

    Components usually found on a website:

    • Name of the author, comiler, director, editor, narrator, performer, or translator of work
    • Title of the work (italicized if teh work is independent: in quotation marks if it is part of a larger work)
    • Title of the overall website - italicized (if distinct from item 2)
    • Version or edition if used
    • Publisher or sponsor of the site; if not available use N.p.
    • Date of publication (day, month, and year as available; if nothing is available use n.d.)
    • Medium of publication (Web)
    • Date of access (day, month and year)

    Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or initial. "Title of Article." Name of Journal Vol.Issue (Year): pages. Web. Date of access.

    Examples:

    Banham, Gary. "Transcendental Philosophy and Artificial Life." Cultural Machine 3 (2001): n. pag. Web. 2 July 2009.

    Barnett, W. Steven, Cynthia Lamy, and Kwanghee Jung. "The Effects of State Prekindergarten Programs on Young Children's School Readiness in Five States." The National Institute for Early Education Research Dec. 2005: 1-21. Rutgers University. Web. 6 May 2009.