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MLA Guide

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

Citing a Journal Article (Print or Electronic)

Format: Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal in Italics, vol. #, no. #, Date of Publication, page number(s). Database or Website Name in Italics (if electronic), URL if a website.

*Note: If piece is a single page, use: p. for page number; if article is multiple pages, use: pp.

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

Online Database Article

Example: Godwin, John. "Wallace’s 'Jest'." Explicator, vol. 61, no. 2, 2003, pp. 122-24. General OneFile.

Article with a DOI:

Example: Goldman, Ann. “Reading Primo Levi Reading.” The Georgia Review, vol. 64, no. 1, 2010, pp. 69-88, doi:10.1632/adfl.43.2.11, Gale Literature Resource Center.

*Note: a DOI is a unique code assigned to academic articles to help you locate them. It's sort of like an article's social security number. A DOI may look like a link ( or they may just have the DOI itself (10.1109/5.771073). If you see this on your article, you should include it, but not every source will have one.

Include URL of Database (if instructor requires):

Example: Godwin, John. "Wallace’s 'Jest'." Explicator, vol. 61, no. 2, 2003, pp. 122-24. General OneFile,

Journal Article from a Website

Example: Eckardt, Nancy and Sabeeha Merchant. "Journal Impact: Brave New World." The Plant Cell, vol. 29, no. 9, Sept. 2017, pp. 2071-74, ResearchGate, doi: 10.1105/tpc.17.00680,

Example: Enright, Lyle. “Powers of the False: The Slender Man, and Post-Postmodernism.” Cultural Analysis, vol. 16, no. 2, 20 Apr. 2017,

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