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MLA 8th Edition Citation Style Guide

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Journal article: Retrieved from database (MLA 31-32)

Format:
Last name, First name Middle name or initial. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume number (vol.), Issue number (no.), Year, Pages of article. Database, Location (URL or DOI).

In-text citation: (Author Last Name Page Number or Numbers)

Example:
Garrard, Greg. "How Queer is Green." Configurations, vol. 18 no. 1-2, Winter 2010, pp. 73-96. Project Muse, doi: 10.1353/con.2010.0009. 

In-text citation: (Garrard 82)

Notes:

  • For Location, use DOI if available.  If not, try to locate the stable UR (sometimes called the Permalink)
  • If the title of your article has a subtitle please insert a colon between the title and subtitle, even if the original source does not have one (for example "The Unbearable Lightness of Green: Air Travel, Climate Change and Literature.")
  • If your journal provides a month(s) or season before the date please include that as well as the above example shows

Journal article: Retrieved from internet. No Page numbers. (MLA 56)

Format:

Last name, First name Middle name or initial. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Volume number (vol.), Issue number (no.), Year, Pages of the article (if available). Location (URL).

Example:

Keyes, Daniel. “Whites Singing Red Face in British Columbia in the 1950s.” Theatre Research in Canada, vol. 32, no.1, Jan. 2011,
            journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/tric/article/view/18572/20164.

In-text citation: (Keyes)

Notes:

  • If your article does not have page numbers, which is common for online-only sources, you exclude it in your in-text citation

Magazine article: Retrieved from internet (MLA 16, 27-28)

Format:

Last name, First name Middle name or initial. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, Publication Date (day & month as well as year if available), Location (URL).

Example:

Linden, Shannon. “Coffee with Christy.” Okanagan Woman, 14 Mar. 2016, www.okanaganwoman.com/#!Coffee-with-Christy/ c1rcn/ 56e797b30cf2d686649aee35.

In-text citation: (Linden)

Journal article: Print (MLA 16, 27-28)

Format:

Last name, First name Middle name or initial. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, volume number (vol.), issue number (no.), Publication Date (month as well as year if available), Location (pages of article).

Example:

Jefferess, David. “To Be Good (Again): The Kite Runner as Allegory of Global Ethnics.” Journal of Postcolonial Writing, vol. 45, no.4, Dec. 2009, pp. 389-400.

In-text citation: (Jefferess 390)

Newspaper article: Retrieved from internet (MLA 44)

Format:

Last name, First name Middle name or initial (if available). “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper, Publication Date (day and month as well as year),
             Location (URL).

Example:

“Readings and Arts at Woodhaven Eco Centre.” Kelowna Capital News. 10 June 2015, www.kelownacapnews.com/entertainment/306804941.html.

In-text: (“Readings”)

Note:

  • If no author, use the first word or two of title for in-text citation.

Newspaper article: print (MLA 16, 27-28)

Format:

Last name, First name Middle name or initial (if available). “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper, Publication Date (day and month as well as year), Location (pages of article).

Example:

Seymour, Ron. “Riders Raise Thousands.” Daily Courier, 15 June 2015, p. A1.

In-text citation: (Seymour A1)

Book Review (MLA 29)

If you get the book review from a main stream publication such as the New York Times you can use the following format:

Format:

Reviewer Last Name, First Name. Review of Title of Book, by Book Author Name. Title of Publication, date of publication, link to review.

Example:

Cain, Hamilton. Review of The Ancient Hours, by Michael Bible. The New York Times, 15 Apr. 2020, https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/15/books/review/michael-bible-ancient-hours.html

In Text:

(Cain)

If you got the book review from an academic journal, you can cite it the same as a journal article, with the reviewer as the author.