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MLA Style Guide

Article Basics


An article is an information resource found in a periodical (source published on a regular basis). Examples of periodicals include journals, newspapers, magazines, blogs, etc. 

Basic Citation Format:

Author's last name, first name or initials as published. "Title of Article." Periodical Title, volume number, issue number, date of publication, page numbers. doi or permanent link if available.

Article Examples

One Author

Witschi, Nicolas. "John of the Mines: Muir's Picturesque Rewrite of the Gold Rush." Western American Literature, vol. 34, no. 3, Aug. 1999, pp. 316-343.

Two Authors

Klimoski, Richard, and Susan Palmer. "The ADA and the Hiring Process in Organizations." Consulting Psychology Journal: Practice and Research, vol. 45, no. 2, Feb. 1993, pp. 10-36. doi: 10.1037/1061-4087.45.2.10.

Three or More Authors

Wolchik, Sharlene A., et al. "An Experimental Evaluation of Theory-Based Mother and Mother-Child Programs for Children of Divorce." Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, vol. 68, no. 5, Oct. 2000, pp. 843-856.

Magazine Article

Acocella, Joan. "Dance Man." New Yorker, vol. 79, no. 38, 8 Dec. 2003, pp. 102-3.


Schatz, Bruce R. "Learning by Text or Context?" Review of The Social Life of Information, by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. Science, vol. 290, no. 5495, 17 Nov. 2000, p. 1304.

Daily Newspaper Article
For non-consecutive pages, add a plus symbol (+) after the first page. 

Kisselgoff, Anna. "Still the Radical in Classical Garb." New York Times, 2 Jan. 2004, East Coast Late Ed., p. E1+.

Entire Issue
Each issue is numbered and called "issue."

O'Hara, Daniel T., ed. "Global Freud: Psychoanalytical Cultures and Classic Modernism." Special issue of Journal of Modern Literature, vol. 25, no. 3-4, Summer 2002, pp. 1-152.

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