How to Cite a Journal in MLA
Journal – A periodical published by a special group or professional organization. Often focused around a particular area of study or interest. Can be scholarly in nature (featuring peer-reviewed articles), or popular (such as trade publications).
Autocite a Journal Article in MLA Format
Citing a journal article found through a database*
*Note: Online databases provide access to thousands of journal articles. It is important to identify the database name when citing a journal article found through a database.
Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Date accessed: This is the day that the article was found and read.
Manning, Paul. “YouTube, ‘Drug Videos’ and Drugs Education.” Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 20.2 (2013): 120-30. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.
Citing a journal article in print
Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page-Page. Print.
Anand, Raktima, Akhilesh Gupta, Anshu Gupta, Sonia Wadhawan, and Poonam Bhadoria. “Management of Swine-flu Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: Our Experience.” Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology 28.1 (2012): 51-55. Print.
Citing a journal article not found using a database*
*Note: Some journal articles are accessible online without the use of a database. Citing an online journal article is similar to citing a print journal article, except that you include the date you found it.
Last, First M. “Article title.” Journal Title. Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Website Publication Year. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
*Note: If you cannot identify a series, leave it out of the citation.
Date Accessed: This is the day that the article was found and read.
Marsh, Joanne, and Gill Evans. “Generating Research Income: Library Involvement in Academic Research.” Library and Information Research 36.113 (2012): 48-61. 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.