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Quick Guide to MLA Style: Journal Article Citation (Print)

This is a guide to citing sources for research papers in MLA Style

MLA 8th Ed. - Periodical (Journal) Articles

Author. "Title of Articles." Title of Periodical, vol. #, issue no. #, date, page #.  MLA 8 has you use the "vol," "no.," and "pp." abbreviations.  Give volume and issue numbers if present, or just the date for magazine and newspaper articles.


  • Article in a Scholarly Journal

​Lee, Wendy Anne. "The Scandal of Insensibility; or, The Bartleby Problem."  PMLA, vol. 130, no. 5, 2015, pp. 1405-1419.

  • Article in a Magazine/Newspaper

Patchett, Anne. "The Bookstore Fights Back." The Atlantic Monthly, Dec. 2012, pp. 80-85.

Charles, Ron. "How to Make a Bestseller." The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Sept. 2001, p. 13.