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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

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Article.” Name of Journal, volume number, issue number, date of print publication, page numbers. 

Example:

Hise, Greg. “Home Building and Industrial Decentralization in Los Angeles: The Roots of the Postwar Urban Region.” Journal of Urban History, vol.19, no.6, Feb.1993, pp. 95-125.

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, vol.101, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 305-14.

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, volume number, issue number, date of online publication, page numbers. Name of Database, URL or doi number.

Example:

Rosner, David, and Gerald Markowitz. “Building the World that Kills Us: The Politics of Lead, Science and Polluted Homes, 1970 to 2000.” Journal of Urban History, vol. 42, no. 2, Mar. 2016, pp. 323-45. Sage Journals, doi: 10.1177/0096144215623954.

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.

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Article.” Name of Journal, volume number, issue number, date of online publication, pages (if listed), location.

Example:

Graiouid, Said. “From Postmodernism to Post-Tradition: The End of Theory in the Age of Global Conservatism.” Reconstruction, vol. 7, no. 4, 2007, reconstruction.eserver.org/Issues/074/graiouid.shtml.