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How To Cite References Using MLA Style

Examples of MLA Citation Style for use in Works Cited Lists.

MLA Examples - Periodical Articles

Weekly or biweekly magazine (signed)

Poniewozik, James. "TV Makes a Too-Close Call." Time, 20 Nov. 2000, pp. 70-71.

Weekly or biweekly magazine (unsigned)

“It Barks! It Kicks! It Scores!” Newsweek, 30 July 2001, pp. 12.

Monthly or bimonthly magazine (signed)

Buchman, Dana. "A Special Education." Good Housekeeping, Mar. 2006, pp. 143-148.

Newspaper (signed)

Tumola, Cristabelle. “NYC Developers Seek to Justify High Prices with New Amenities.” Metro [New York City], 9 Aug. 2016, p. 4.

Newspaper (unsigned)

“This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor.” New York Times, 13 July 2002, New England ed., p. A13+.

Newspaper/Magazine (electronic version)

Pelley, Lauren. “Toronto Public Library Opens its 100th Branch.” Toronto Star, 21 May 2015. Newspaper Source,,ip,url,cpid&custid=nypl&db=nfh&AN=6FPTS2015052133436501&site=ehost-live.


"Of Mines and Men." Editorial. Wall Street Journal, eastern edition, 24 Oct. 2003, p. A14.

Letter to editor

Hamer, John. Letter. American Journalism Review, Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007, p. 7.


Weiller, K. H. Review of Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations, edited by Linda K. Fuller. Choice, Apr. 2007, p. 1377.

Article in print journal

Bagchi, Alaknanda. "Conflicting Nationalisms: The Voice of the Subaltern in Mahasweta Devi's Bashai Tudu." Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature, vol. 15, no. 1, 1996, pp. 41-50.

Article in an online only journal

Dolby, Nadine. “Research in Youth Culture and Policy: Current Conditions and Future Directions.” Social Work and Society: The International Online-Only Journal, vol. 6, no. 2, 2008, Accessed 20 May 2009.

Article from journal in an online database

Alonso, Alvaro, and Julio A. Camargo. "Toxicity of Nitrite to Three Species of Freshwater Invertebrates." Environmental Toxicology, vol. 21, no. 1, 3 Feb. 2006, pp. 90-94. Wiley Online Library, doi: 10.1002/tox.20155.

Using et al for multiple authors

When there are three or more authors, use et al after the first author's name.

Balashov, Vladimir, et al. “Potential for L-Carnitine Application in Sports Practice.” Procedia Computer Science, vol. 169, 2020, pp. 821–828. doi:10.1016/j.procs.2020.02.157.

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