Referencing journals in MLA
This page outlines the correct format for journal articles in an MLA list of works cited:
Order: author(s), article title (in quotation marks), journal name (italicised), volume number, issue number, year of publication, page number range of the article, publication medium.
Salih, Sara. “Filling up the Space Between Mankind and Ape: Racism, Speciesism and the Androphilic Ape.” Ariel 38.1 (2007): 95-111. Print.
- The name of the journal is italicised, but the name of the article goes in quotation marks.
- The page number range includes the first and last page of the full article, not just the pages you used.
- Something missing? More than one author? See referencing elements for answers to common issues.
Online journal article
If the journal article was retrieved through an database, include the name of the database.
Order: author(s), article title (in quotation marks), journal name (italicised), volume number, issue number, year of publication, page number range of the article, database used (italicised), publishing medium, date of access.
Norcia, Megan A. “Out of the Ivory Tower Endlessly Rocking: Collaborating across Disciplines and Professions to Promote Student Learning in the Digital Archive.” Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture 8.1 (2008): 91-114. MLA International Bibliography. Web. 28 June 2011.
If the journal article was not found through an online database, include only the publishing medium (“Web”) and the date of access.
Magazine or newspaper article
Magazine articles and newspaper articles follow the same format as journal articles, with a few alterations. See the section on referencing other material for details.
References and further reading
Modern Language Association of America. (2009). MLA handbook for writers of research papers (7th ed.). New York, NY: Author. [Massey Library link]
These pages are provided as a guide to proper referencing. Your course, department, school, or institute may prescribe specific conventions, and their recommendations supersede these instructions. If you have questions not covered here, check in the style guide listed above, ask your course coordinator, or ask at Academic Q+A.