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MLA Style Guide: Articles

Guide for using the Modern Language Association (MLA) style manual.

Examples of Citing Articles

Works Cited items are listed alphabetically at the end of the research paper and should be double-spaced and use a hanging indent.
Parenthetical references are items referred to in the body of the paper and include the last name of the author(s) and page number(s) from which the information has been taken.

Scholarly Journal Article, Print (One Author)

Works Cited:

Myerson, Joel. "A Calendar of Transcendental Club Meetings." American Literature, vol. 44, 1972, pp. 197-207.

Parenthetical:

(Myerson 199)


Scholarly Journal Article, Print (Two Authors)

Works Cited:

Brown, Cecelia M., and Lina Ortega. "Information-seeking Behavior of Physical Science Librarians: Research and Practice." College & Research Libraries, vol. 66, 2005, pp. 231-247.

Parenthetical:

(Brown and Ortega 237)


Magazine Article (One Author)

Works Cited:

Cook, Mariana. "Cousin Kay." Victoria, Nov. 2001, pp. 27-28.

Parenthetical:

(Cook 28)


Newspaper Article

Works Cited:

Johnston, David Cay. "Got Game? Got Old Game?" New York Times, 11 July 2003, late ed., p. F1+.

Parenthetical:

(Johnston F1)


Encyclopedia Article

Works Cited:

"Magna Carta." The New Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed., 1998.

Parenthetical:

("Magna Carta" 521)


Review

Works Cited:

Barth Melissa E. Review of The Summons, by John Grisham, Magill Book Reviews, 1 Nov. 2002, p. 221.

Parenthetical:

(Barth 221)



Please consult the MLA Handbook, 8th edition, for a complete guide to citing your resources and for additional commentary on particular rules, rules of thumb, and formatting.