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English 101: MLA Citations, with Martha Nagel: Citation Examples

Basic setup for citing an article 

From a library database

Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article or Review." Title of Newspaper, Magazine or Journal, vol number, issue number (if available), date, page numbers (if available). Name of Database, URL.

From the Web

Author's last name, first name. "Title of Article." Title of Website, date (if available), URL.

A few notes

► When there are two authors:  Last name, first name, and first name, last name.

► When there are three or more authors:  Last name, first name, et. al. (et al. means "and more" and indicates there are more than two authors).

► Many scholarly journal articles have a unique identifier called a DOI (digital object identifier).  If you see a DOI on the article, use that at the end of your citation. If there is no DOI on the article or the record, that's fine; use the permalink or URL instead.

Magazine or newspaper article

From a library database

Reiley, Laura. "Impossible Foods Sees End to Meat Industry." The Washington Post, 18 Jul. 2021, p. A,21. ProQuest, http://edmonds.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www-proquest-com.edmonds.idm.oclc.org/newspapers/impossible-foods-sees-end-meat-industry/docview/2552528274/se-2?accountid=1626.

From an online magazine or news website

Twilley, Nicola, and Cynthia Graber. "Kelp is the New Kale." The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2016, www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/09/gastropod-seaweed499760/.

 

Singer, Natasha. "Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic." New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021, https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/11/technology/remote-learning-online-school.html?smid=url-share.

Opinion or Editorial

Editorial Board. "Reimagine Safety." Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/interactive/2021/reimagine-safety/?itid=sf_opinions.

Scholarly journal article

From a library database 

► Two authors with a DOI
Halie, Wenhold, and Kristen Harrison. "Emerging Adults and Gender Norms: Everyday Life Experiences, Media Perceptions, Attitudes, and Future Expectations." Gender Issues, vol. 38, no. 4, 2021, pp. 420-437. ProQuest, doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12147-020-09270-3.
► More than two authors and no DOI.
Evans, Brent J., et al. "Peristence Patterns in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)." Journal of Higher Education, vol. 887, no. 2, 2013, pp. 206-42. EBSCOHost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=113075451&site=ehost-live.

 

From an online journal

Saluja, Bani, and Zenobia Bryant. "How Implicit Bias Contributes to Racial Disparities in Maternal Morbidity and Mortality in the United States." Journal of Women's Health, vol. 30, no. 2, 2021, https://doi.org/10.1089/jwh.2020.8874.