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MLA Citation Style: Periodicals

The purpose of this guide is to help you cite your sources using the MLA Style (8th edition). You will find some useful examples and tips for organizing your work.


Journal Articles


 Author Last name, First name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical, vol., no., year, p. (pp.). DOI.



Conatser, Phillip and Martin Block. “Aquatic Instructors' Beliefs Toward Inclusion.” Therapeutic Recreation Journal, vol. 35, no. 2, 2001, pp. 170–184.

Online (from database)

Puleo, Simone M. and Jaron Murphy. “Fictional Characters, Real Problems: The Search for Ethical Content in Literature.” Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, no. 2, 2019, p. 174. EBSCOhost, Accessed 16 Sept. 2019.

Online (with DOI)

Searle, Sam. “The Benefits of Enterprise Architecture for Library Technology Management: An Exploratory Case Study.” Information Technology & Libraries, vol. 37, no. 4, Dec. 2018, pp. 27–46. doi:10.6017/ital.v37i4.10437. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019.

Online (without DOI)

Bartlett, Robert P. “Going private but staying public: Re-examining the effect of Sarbanes-Oxley on firms going-private decisions.” The University of Chicago Law Review, vol. 76, 2009. pp. 7–39. Accessed 10 July 2014.

Online (special issue)

Case, Sue-Ellen. “Eve's Apple, or Women's Narrative Bytes.” Technocriticism and Hypernarrative, special issue of Modern Fiction Studies, vol. 43, no. 3, 1997, pp. 631-50. Project Muse, doi:10.1353/mfs.1997.0056. Accessed 3 Aug. 2009.

Print Journal / Format

Online Journal / Format

Newspaper and Magazine Articles


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.


Magazine article (print)

Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time, 20 Nov. 2000, pp. 70-71.

Magazine article (from a database)

Agren, David. "Here Comes the Rain Again." Maclean's, vol. 124, no. 29, 8 Aug. 2011,p. 43. CBCA Complete, Accessed 12 Jan. 2017.

Magazine article (from the Internet)

Bernstein, Mark. “10 Tips on Writing the Living Web.” A List Apart: For People Who Make Websites, 16 Aug. 2002, Accessed 4 May 2009.

Newspaper article (print)

Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post, 24 May 2007, p. LZ01.

Behre, Robert. "Presidential Hopefuls Get Final Crack at Core of S.C. Democrats." Post and Courier [Charleston, SC], 29 Apr. 2007, p. A11.

Note: If the newspaper is less known (local), include the city name in brackets after its title.

Newspaper article (from a database)

Zacharias, Yvonne. "Robofuture." The Vancouver Sun, 6 Aug. 2004, p. F1. Canadian Newsstream, Accessed 26 May. 2015.

Newspaper article (from the Internet)

Skerritt, Jen. “Local Liver Specialists Struggle to Keep up with Hep-C Influx.” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 2009, Accessed 5 April. 2011.

Newspaper article (print, no author)

“Oval Distinguished for Innovative Design.” The Vancouver Sun, 16 May 2009, p. A14.

Newspaper/magazine article (no author)

"Business: Global Warming's Boom Town; Tourism in Greenland." The Economist, 26 May 2007, p. 82.

Editorial and letter to the editor

"Of Mines and Men." Editorial. Wall Street Journal, eastern edition, 24 Oct. 2003, p. A14.

Note: Include ‘Editorial’ or ‘Letter’ after the title.

Newspaper / Magazine Format