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How Do I Cite a Journal or Magazine Article Using MLA 7th Edition?

The 7th edition now requires that titles of journals and magazines are italicized, not underlined. In addition, the medium of publication (print, web) should be listed after the date of publication. Pagination style no longer requires different citation formats. All journal and magazine citations now require the volume and issue number, regardless of pagination style.

PRINT/MICROFORM

Basic Format

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Title of journal Volume.Issue Number (Year of publication): Inclusive page numbers. Medium of publication (Print).

An Article with One Author

  • Curley, Maureen. "Going Flat: Anne Sexton's 'Ringing the Bells.'" Notes on Contemporary Literature. 31.5 (2001): 2-3. Print.

An Article with Two or More Authors

  • White, Sabina, and Andrew Winzelberg. "Laughter and Stress." Humor 5 (1992): 343-55. Print.

An Article with Four or More Authors

  • Tufts, D., et al. "Some Results in Automatic Speech Segmentation Using Wide-Band Filtering and Subtraction." Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 38 (1965): 362-365. Print.

An Article in a Magazine

  • Mandel, Michael J. "Our Hidden Savings." Business Week 17 Jan. 2005: 34-6. Print.

ELECTRONIC

MLA 7th Edition no longer requires the use of URLs for electronic documents unless the writer feels it will be difficult to locate the original source using the citation information provided. Additionally, the title of the publication or website is now italicized. The medium of publication (web) is required after the name of the database.

Basic Format

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Title of journal Volume.Issue Number (Date of publication): Inclusive page numbers. Name of database (if applicable). Medium of publication. Date of access.

An Article in a Scholarly Journal in a Database

  • Squire, Kurt. "From Content to Context: Videogames as a Designed Experience." Educational Researcher 35.8 (2006): 19-29. JSTOR. Web. 9 April 2009.

An Article in a Magazine

Online periodicals include the name of the website in italics and the website publisher. If a publisher is not listed, use N.p. to denote no publisher name given. Follow with the date of publication, medium of publication (Web) and the date of access. A URL is not required unless the writer feels it will be difficult to locate the original source.

Basic Format

  • Author's name. "Title of Article." Name of the website. Website publisher, Date of publication. Medium of publication (web). Date of access.
  • Levy, Steven. "Great Minds, Great Ideas." Newsweek. Newsweek, Inc., 27 May 2002. Web. 30 June 2003.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit MLA's site.

Updated April 10, 2009