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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)

Magazine 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.

Example: Medeiros, Brian. "Keep Cows Comfortable." Dairy Today, 13 Oct. 2011, pp. 33+. General OneFile, link.gale.com/apps/doc/A250824516/ITOF?u=spartechcl&sid=bookmark-ITOF&xid=5dfbfe11.

Newspaper Article from Print or Database:

Example 2: 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, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&AuthType=sso&db=n5h&AN=2W6559740466&site=ehost-live&scope=site&custid=s9007306.

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, chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn83045462/1924-07-23/ed-1/seq-1/.

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, infoweb.newsbank.com/apps/news/document-view?p=AWNB&docref=news/18607A7DB6DE8DF8.


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, yalelitmag.com/interview-with-paul-muldoon/.

Example: Coontz, Stephanie. “The Not-So-Good Old Days.” The New York Times, 16 June 2013, p. SR11, www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/opinion/sunday/coontz-the-not-so-good-old-days.html.

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