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Citation Help: Periodical Articles - Print & Online

General Overview

This page covers some basic examples of MLA citations for articles (newspaper, journal, magazine).  

To the right, is a list of commonly cited items.  Click on the links to view what the item looks like, how to evaluate it, and how to find the citation information.  Below that is a list of the core elements needed create a citation in MLA.

Below is the formatting 'recipe' demonstrating how to put the elements in the proper format.  Last, are examples of periodical article citations in MLA format.

Citations in your "Works Cited" should be double spaced with a hanging indentation.

Formatting Recipe

Author, First A., & Second Author. "Title of Work." Title of Container One Italicized, other contributors, version, number, Publisher, publication date, location. Title of Container Two Italicized, other contributors, version, number, Publisher, publication date, location.

Examples for Periodical Articles

Newspaper Article, Print -

Ho, Vivian. "Ex-police Official Charged." San Francisco Chronicle, 28 April 2016, pp. A1+.

Magazine Article from Database* -

Friscolanti, Michael. "The Drug Dealers Next Door." Maclean's, 2 May 2016. Opposing Viewpoints.

Journal Article from Database - 

Dewulf, Bart, et al. "Dynamic Assessment lf Exposure to Air Pollution Using Mobile Phone Data." International Journal of Health

Geographics, vol. 15, 12 April 2016, pp.1-14. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1186/s12942-016-0042-z.

*MLA 8th edition recommends the inclusion of the URL (if no DOI); especially when it is the only way to locate the item.  However, since we have included a database name here, and database URL's are notoriously long and complex, we have omitted it.  This is a preference, so we recommend checking with your professor for their preference.

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Click on some of the most commonly cited sources below to view information on what they look like, where to find their citation information, and how to cite in MLA format.

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Core Elements


  • Author.
  • "Title" (italics if self-contained source or quotes if part of a larger container; title case caps).

Container One

  • Title of Container One,
  • Other Contributors,
  • Version,
  • Number, 
  • Publisher,
  • Publication Date,
  • Location.

Container Two

  • Title of Container Two,
  • Other Contributors,
  • Version,
  • Number, 
  • Publisher,
  • Publication Date,
  • Location.