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MLA 8/9 Citation Guide: Journal, Magazine & Newspaper Articles

Basic setup for an article

Here is the basic set up for an article found in a library database. 

This is an article from an academic/scholarly journal with more than one author.  Most journal articles have a volume and issue number but articles from newspapers and magazines do not.  Remember the template!  You only include the information available to you on the article. 

Scholarly/academic/peer reviewed journal articles

From a library database (one author with a DOI)

Cuevas, Stephany. "Ley De La Vida: Latina/o Immigrant Parents Experience of their Children’s Transition to Higher Education." The Journal of Higher Education, vol, 91, no. 4, 2020, pp.565-87. ProQuest,

From a library database (more than two authors with a permalink or URL (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,

From a journal's website (two authors with DOI)

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, pp. 270-273,

From an online repository (PubMed Central, Directory of Open Access Journals)

Hassne, Nadha, et al. "Implementing Anti-Racism Interventions in Healthcare Settings: A Scoping Review." International Journal of Environmental Research & Public Health, vol. 18, no. 6, 2021. PubMed Central,

From a law review (in a library database)

Johnson, Ali. "Copyrighting TikTok Dances: Choreography in the Internet Age." Washington Law Review, vol. 96, no. 3, 2021, pp. 1225-1274,1225A. ProQuest,
For citing other legal works, such as court decisions, statutes, or treaties, go to the MLA Style Center 

Magazine or newspaper articles

From a library database

Reiley, Laura. "Impossible Foods Sees End to Meat Industry." The Washington Post, 18 July 2021, p. 21. ProQuest,

From an online magazine or news website

Twilley, Nicola, and Cynthia Graber. "Kelp is the New Kale." The Atlantic, 13 Sep. 2016,


Singer, Natasha. "Online Schools Are Here to Stay, Even After the Pandemic." New York Times, 14 Apr. 2021,

Opinion or Editorial

► No individual author
Editorial Board. "Reimagine Safety." Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021,
►With author name(s)
Maltos, Nino, and Jack Fiander. "Honor Chief Seattle By Building Fish Passage Through Skagit River Dams." Seattle Times, 6 Dec. 2021, Op-ed.