Answered By: Elyse Wolf
Last Updated: Oct 12, 2017     Views: 2

MLA 8th edition uses a container style of reference.  For a journal article there might be two containers - the article and where you found it (ex. database name).  

Article with a Single Author:

The general format to follow is (taken from an example on page 32 of the MLA Handbook 8th edition):

AuthorLastName, Author FirstName. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. vol#, no. issue#, Date, pp. #-#. Database, stableURL(without the http://) or DOI.

For example:

Print:

Mikulan, Krunoslav. "Harry Potter through the Focus of Feminist Literary Theory: Examples of (Un)Founded Criticism." Journal of International Social Research, vol. 2, no. 9,  Nov. 2009, pp. 288-298.

Electronic:

Mikulan, Krunoslav. "Harry Potter through the Focus of Feminist Literary Theory: Examples of (Un)Founded Criticism." Journal of International Social Research, vol. 2, no. 9,  Nov. 2009, pp. 288-298. EBSCO, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edo&AN=45126533&site=eds-live&scope=site.

The corresponding in-text citations would be:

(Mikulan 290)

Mikulan argues that ... (295).

Article with Two Authors

General format (see pp. 21 of the MLA Handbook to see how to format sources with two authors):

AuthorLastName, Author FirstName, and AuthorFirstName AuthorLastName. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. vol#, no. issue#, Date, pp. #-#. Database, stableURL(without the http://) or DOI.

For example:

Lewin, Beverly A., and Perpignan, H. "Recruiting the Reader in Literary Criticism." Text & Talk, vol. 32, no. 6, Nov. 2012, pp. 751-772. ProQuest, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/text-2012-0035.

The corresponding in-text citations would be:

(Lewin and Perpignan 762)

Article with Three or More Authors

General format (see pp. 22 of the MLA Handbook to see how to format sources with three or more authors):

AuthorLastName, Author FirstName, et al. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. vol#, no. issue#, Date, pp. #-#. Database, stableURL(without the http://) or DOI.

For example:

Brown, Stephen, et al. "I Can't Believe It's Not Bakhtin!: Literary Theory, Postmodern Advertising, and the Gender Agenda." Journal of Advertising, vol. 28, no. 1, Spring 1999, pp. 11-24. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/4189097.

The corresponding in-text citations would be:

(Brown et al. 20)

More Information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing sources in MLA Style.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a journal or magazine article in your class assignments and projects.

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