MLA Citation: Academic Journal Articles

MLA Citation: Academic Journal Articles


Hello, and welcome to the Writing Center’s guide to citing academic journal articles in MLA style. Academic journal articles are excellent sources of reliable information. In this video, we’ll learn how to create an MLA Works Cited entry for an academic journal article. In MLA format, academic journal articles are cited according to the format shown on screen. The entry should list the author, the title of the article and of the journal, and the volume, issue, year, and page numbers. Reference entries can seem confusing at first, so let’s break this entry down piece by piece. First, list the author of the article. In the case of a single author, list the last name first, then the full first name. If there are multiple authors, all authors after the first one should be listed first name first, in the same order they’re listed on the article. Follow that list with a period. Next, list the title of the journal article. Put quotation marks around the title, and capitalize all major words. Follow the title with a period. Now that you’ve listed the authors and the title of the journal article, you must list the source, which in this case is the title of the journal in which the article was found. All major words in the title of the journal should be capitalized, and the full title should be italicized. You’ve now listed the authors, the title of the article, and the title of the journal. Next, you will list the volume and issue information, as well as the date of publication and page numbers. Separate each of these numbers with a comma, and place a period after the final page number for print sources, and a comma for electronic sources. If you used a print version of the article, your entry is now complete. However, it’s more likely that you used an electronic version. If so, provide either a digital object identifier number or a URL for the article, as well as an access date. If the article or its library entry provides a digital object identifier, use that. Otherwise, use the URL. Provide the access date, which is the date on which you viewed or printed out the article. Separate the URL or the DOI from the access date with a period, and follow the access date with another period. Congratulations. You’ve created a complete Works Cited entry in MLA style. You’ve also learned how to add additional information for articles that come from electronic journals. Thank you for watching, and from all of us at the Online Writing Center, write on!

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