MLA Style: Citing Newspaper and Magazine Articles

MLA Style: Citing Newspaper and Magazine Articles


Welcome to IVC Library Video Tutorial Series on MLA Style: Citing Newspaper and Magazine
Articles This video tutorial will cover:
How to format a MLA citation for a newspaper article and
how to format a MLA citation for a magazine article Note that this video tutorial is using the latest MLA style which is the MLA Style 8th
edition. Let’s take a look at the basic format for
citing a newspaper article in MLA style. First, we need the author’s name. We list the author’s name by last name comma
first name followed by a period. Then we need the title of the article in quotations
marks ending with a period inside the quotation marks. Then we have the newspaper title in italics
followed by a comma. Then we have the date the newspaper article
is published followed by a comma. Next we have the page number for the newspaper
article followed by a period. If the newspaper article you are citing is
print newspaper meaning you got it physically printed on paper, then your citation ends
here after the page number. If the newspaper article you are citing comes
from an online database, then you would need to include two more elements: The name of
the online database that gave you access to the article followed by a comma and lastly
the URL or the web address to the newspaper article followed by a period. Always remember to end the citation with a
period. To recap, for articles accessed from an online
database you would need two more elements in your citation. Now, let’s take a look at some citation examples
for newspaper articles. For print newspaper article it would look
like this. We have the authors names which there are
two authors here. You can see we list the first one by last
name comma first name then we list the second author’s name in natural order with the word
“and” between the two names. Next we have the newspaper article title in
quotation marks ending with a period inside the quotation mark. Next we have the title of the newspaper, Los
Angeles Times, in italics followed by a comma. Notice that each word in the article title
and the newspaper title are capitalized. MLA style requires headline capitalization. This means all major words in the article
and newspaper title are capitalized but we do not capitalize conjunction words or articles
such as the, and, or, of, as, a, etc. After the newspaper title we have the date
the newspaper article is published. Note that dates are formatted as Day Month Year. Months are abbreviated except for the months
with short spelling such as May, June and July. We follow the publication date with a comma
then we have the page number. Precede the page number by p. for one page
or use pp. if there are more than one page. And then end the citation with a period. This is a complete citation for a print newspaper
article. Now if you found a newspaper article from
an online database, it would look like this example. Noticed after the page number, you would need
to include the name of the database in italics follow by a comma and then include the URL
or the web address to the newspaper article. Also, notice the URL does not have the http://
portion of a typical URL. That is because MLA style 8th edition specifically
asks to omit the http:// portion of the URL. Lastly, always end the citation with a period. In the second newspaper article example, we
also don’t have the authors. In the case where the author is not stated
or available, we would start the citation with the title of the article like this example. Now let’s take a look at the basic format
for citing a magazine article in MLA style. Similar to citing a newspaper article, we
would begin with the author’s name by last name comma first name followed by a period. Then we have the title of the article in quotation marks ending with a period inside the quotation mark. Then we have the magazine title in italics
followed by a comma. Then we have the volume number followed by
a comma, then the issue number followed by a comma, and then we have the date the magazine
article is published followed by a comma. Next we have the page number for the article
followed by a period. If the magazine article you are citing is
a print magazine, then your citation ends here after the page number. If the magazine article you are citing is
from an online database, then you would need to include the name of the online database
name followed by a comma lastly the URL or the web address to the magazine
article followed by a period. Always remember to end the citation with a
period. Just to recap, for articles accessed from
an online database you would need two more elements in your citation. Here’s an example of a MLA citation for a
print magazine article. And here’s a citation example for a magazine
article accessed using an online database. Note that the citation for the magazine article
from an online database includes two more elements. It has the name of the online database in
Italics followed by a comma and then the URL or the web address to the article without
the http:// portion as we learned earlier. Also, notice something different for magazine article that we did not see in newspaper article before. For magazine articles, we would include the volume number preceded by vol. and the issue number preceded by no. followed by comma. Here are some tips that are good to know about citing in MLA style: If the article does not have an author, then
start the citation with the article title. Always do headline capitalization for article
titles and for the newspaper and magazine titles. Do not use all caps even if the original article
is printed in all caps. Format dates as day month year. With months abbreviated except for months
with short spelling like May, June and July. And lastly, remember to omit the http:// portion
of the URLs when you are including the URL in the citation. We hope you find this video tutorial helpful. For additional how-to tutorials, please check
out our video tutorial series on citing sources in MLA style. If you have any questions or need help, please
visit the library or the library website to ask a librarian for help. Thank you and have a great day!

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