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College-wide MLA Citation Guide: 9th edition

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NOTE: This section is mainly intended for articles from library databases, not open Internet websites.

A “magazine” is something you would find at a newsstand or in the supermarket and often contains many colorful advertisements, while a “journal” is usually a publication that is academic or professional in nature.

* DOI stands for “digital object identifier,” which is a way to identify digital content. Not all digital content has a DOI. MLA prefers DOI over URL.

* Titles and subtitles of articles are in quotes. Journal names are italicized.

* The “Container” is where the content is located, such as the name of the database.

 

An article in a digital journal (in a database)

Last name, First name. “Title of article.” Journal name, vol. #, no. #, Month. Year, pp. #-#. Container, URL or DOI.

With URL:

Haller, Harry B. "Beyond the Magic Theater: Life on the Outside." International Journal of Glass Bead Game,

vol. 16, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 1267-1273. Academic Search Complete,

eds.a.ebscohost.com.db02.linccweb.org/ehost/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=1447fb8e-a590-44b5-9272-

ad3a8f8d83e7%40sessionmgr4005&hid=4108&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ

%3d%3d#AN=100988770&db=a9h.

With DOI:

Haller, Harry B. "Beyond the Magic Theater: Life on the Outside." International Journal of Glass Bead Game,

vol. 16, no. 3, May 2016, pp. 1267-1273. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1089/cyber.2014.0535.

An article in a digital journal with two authors

Last name, First name, and First name Last name. “Title of article.” Journal name, vol. #, no. #, Month. Year, pp. #-#. Container, URL or DOI.

Rieux, Phillip, and Edwin Castel. "Reports from Inside the Plague." International Journal of French Medicine,

vol. 118, no. 20, Jan. 2016, pp. 3-12. Academic OneFile,

db02.linccweb.org/login?url=go.galegroup.com.db02.linccweb.org/ps/i.do

?id=GALE%7CA451554948&v=2.1&u=lincclin_bcc&it=r&p=AONE&

sw=w&asid=52730339d3dedbcee7ecc7d64561bd14.

 

Rieux, Phillip, and Edwin Castel. "Reports from Inside the Plague." International Journal of French Medicine,

vol. 118, no. 20, Jan. 2016, pp. 3-12. Academic OneFile, doi:

dx.doi.org.db02.linccweb.org/10.1186/s12934-016-0467-x.

 

An article in a digital journal with three or more authors

Last name, First name, et al. “Title of article.” Journal name, vol. #, no. #, Month. Year, pp. #-#. Container, URL or DOI.

Roquentin, Antoine, et al. "Homemade Cures for Nausea."

International Journal of Homeopathic Philosophy, vol. 38, no. 666, Aug. 2016,

pp. 55. Academic OneFile. eds.b.ebscohost.com.db02.linccweb.org

/ehost/detail/detail?vid=3&sid=18bb7ab8-ad22-4055-93e5-1b4284565258%

40sessionmgr105&hid=126&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#AN=2081079&db=a9h.

 

An article in a digital journal by corporate author (by organization, institution, etc.)

Organization. “Title of article.” Journal name, vol. #, no. #, Month. Year, pp. #-#. Container, URL or DOI.

World Health Organization. "Medical Cures for Nausea." International Journal of Internal Medicine,

vol. 8, no. 17, Nov. 2016, pp. 6-12. JTOR, doi:10.2307/130472.

 

An article in a digital journal by an editor

Last name, First name, editor. “Title of article.” Journal name, vol. #, no. #, Month. Year, pp. #-#. Container, URL or DOI.

Camus, Albert, editor. “Essays: Authentic and Committed Existentialism.” Sisyphus International,

vol. 24, no. 244, Mar. 2016, pp. 12-35. SpringerLink, doi: 10.1023/A:1014479612811.