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MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Citing a Magazine or Newspaper Article (Print or Electronic)

Please see below for MLA guidelines on how to cite magazine or newspaper articles depending on where they were found. 

Magazine/Newspaper From Print or Database:

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Magazine/Newspaper in Italics, Date of Publication, page number(s). Database in Italics (if electronic), URL.

*Note: For local newspapers, if the city is not included in the title of the paper add the city in square brackets after the newspaper title: The Herald [Rock Hill]

*Note: For articles published by the Associated Press or other News Agency, do not list an author.

*Note: You can usually omit the http:// unless needed to hyperlink.

*Note: For URLs longer than 3 lines, you can shorten the URL. Always retain the host (main website) of the URL.

*Note: Date of publications are written as Day Month Year (Example. 15 Sept. 2020) leaving out any information that the source doesn’t include (Example. Aug. 2017 or simply 2017 depending on what's provided). Remember to abbreviate the months that are more than 4 letters.

Magazine Article from Database:

Example: Medeiros, Brian. "Keep Cows Comfortable." Dairy Today, 13 Oct. 2011, pp. 33+. General OneFile,

Newspaper Article from Database:

Example: Pantazi, Andrew. "Fired IT Director Who Testified in George Zimmerman Trial Will Sue State Attorney's Office, Lawyer Says." Florida Times-Union [Jacksonville], 17 July 2013. EBSCOhost,

Chronicling America Example: "Boy Slayers Calm as State Demand They Die on Gallows." Evening Star [Washington, D.C.], 23 July 1924. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers, Library of Congress,

NewsBank: Access World News Example: Swann, Samantha. "Spartanburg Community College's New 'Chasers' Mascot Encourages Students to Chase Dreams." Herald-Journal [Spartanburg, SC], 2 Nov. 2021. NewsBank: Access World News,

US Major Dailies Example: Calmes, Jackie. "Broadway Success of 'Hamilton' may have Saved Hamilton on the $10 Bill." The New York Times, 16 Apr. 2016, A11. ProQuest,

Online Magazine or Newspaper:

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Magazine/Newspaper in Italics, Date of Publication, page number(s), URL.

Example: “Interview with Paul Muldoon.” The Yale Literary Review, Spr. 2009,

Example: Coontz, Stephanie. “The Not-So-Good Old Days.” The New York Times, 16 June 2013, p. SR11,