Journal

How to Cite a Journal in MLA (Download the Printer Friendly PDF)

Journal in Print

A periodical that is published by a special group, a learned society, or certain profession. Typically published monthly and often includes volumes and or issues

Structure: Last, First M., and First M. Last. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Print.

Front Cover

First Page

Citation: Jacoby, William G. “Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending.” American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. Print.
Journal via Website

Citing a journal published online

Structure: Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Website Title. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Website

Article Front Page

Date accessed: Web sources may change and must be considered unique

Citation: Ashok, Savitri. “Gender, Language, and Identity in Dogeaters: A Post Colonial Critique.” Postcolonial Text 5.2 (2009). Postcolonial Text. Web. 23 Apr. 2010.
Journal via Database

Citing a journal found on a database

Structure: Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed. <URL>.
*URL Note: URL is optional unless the source cannot be located without it or if required by your instructor.

Database

Date accessed: Only include if there is no publication date

Citation: Jacoby, William G. “Public Attitudes Toward Government Spending.” American Journal of Political Science 38.2 (1994): 336-61. JSTOR. Web. 23 Apr. 2010. <http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111407&gt;.

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