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ENG 023: Citing Magazines, Journals and Newspapers in MLA format

MLA -- Places to look for HELP

For MLA online, use the Online Writing Lab (OWL) program from Purdue University.

Click here to go directly to the MLA page.

Use the frame on the left to find how to cite different formats in your bibliography, and how to cite sources within your analysis.

Use the HELP in Microsoft Word  

and type in MLA Format to see a list of guides and web pages that can help.

Make sure you are using the 2009, seventh edition of MLA and your version of MS Office.

There are also a number of tutorials on YouTube

Citing Electronic Journal Articles in MLA format

The source for this information is the website for the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University.  The easiest way to get there is to Google: Purdue Owl MLA.

MLA for Journal Articles from the Library's databases:

Junge, Wolfgang, and Nathan Nelson. “Nature's Rotary Electromotors.”Science 29 Apr. 2005: 642-44. Science Online. Web. 5 Mar. 2009.

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal 50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

Note: If you are copying the citation from a Library Database, such as EBSCO, watch for common mistakes in the CITE function in databases. You will need to:

  1. add the Hanging Idention of 1/2 inch for each citation
  2. check the capitalization.  In MLA you do NOT capitalize  articles (the, an), prepositions, or conjunctions unless one is the first word of the title or subtitle.
  3. check your italics.  In MLA both the title of the journal and the name of the database are  put in italics.


Citing Print Newspapers in MLA format

Citing a Newspaper Article in MLA format

Cite a newspaper article as you would a magazine article, but note the different pagination in a newspaper. If there is more than one edition available for that date (as in an early and late edition of a newspaper), identify the edition following the date (e.g., 17 May 1987, late ed.).

The Name of the Newspaper is in Italics.

Brubaker, Bill. "New Health Center Targets County's Uninsured Patients." Washington Post 24 May 2007: LZ01. Print.

Krugman, Andrew. "Fear of Eating." New York Times 21 May 2007 late ed.: A1. Newsbank. Web. 31 Aug. 2014.

If the newspaper is a less well-known or local publication, include the city name and state in brackets after the title of the newspaper.

Behre, Robert. "Presidential Hopefuls Get Final Crack at Core of S.C. Democrats." Post and Courier [Charleston, SC] 29 Apr. 2007: A11. Print.

Trembacki, Paul. "Brees Hopes to Win Heisman for Team." Purdue Exponent[West Lafayette, IN] 5 Dec. 2000: 20. Print.

Citing periodicals in MLA

Cite by listing the article's author, putting the title of the article in quotations marks, and italicizing the periodical title. Follow with the date of publication. Remember to abbreviate the month. The basic format is as follows:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

MLA format in EBSCO databases

Citing in EBSCO

Citation Information in EBSCO appears in two places:


1) on the screen that displays a single article, use the cite button

2) on the SAVE or EMAIL screen, select MLA, then SAVE or SEND.  The article's citation will appear in MLA format when you retrieve it.








MLA format in Research Library (Proquest Database)

Citation Information in Proquest Research Library appears in two places:


1) on the screen that displays a single article, use the CITE button

2) on the EMAIL screen, select MLA, then SEND.  The article's citation will appear in MLA format when you retrieve it.