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MLA Help: Academic (Scholarly) Journals

Gateway Libraries

Formatting

Formatting is important! 

√   Double-space within and between each entry.

√   The first line of each source starts at the left margin and all lines after are indented five space.  (Called a hanging indent)

General Information

There are three ways of retrieving periodical articles:

  by locating the actual hard copy of the publication,

  by locating the article in an electronic database, such as ProQuest, Academic Search Premier or Ethnic NewsWatch, and

  by locating the publisher's online version (see Web Sites tab)

For academic journal articles, your citation must include:

author's name (last name, first name)

title of the article (in quotes)

title of the periodical (in italics)

volume number

issue number

page numbers of the article

year of publication

format

Journal article from a library database

Basic citation set-up

Author last name, first name. "Title of article." Name of journal Volume number.Issue number (Year): page number+. Name of database. Format. Date you found the article (day month year)

EXAMPLES

Article with one author

Rahel, Frank J., “Managing Fisheries and  Conserving Fishes: A Difficult Balancing Act.” Bioscience 58.4: 354+.  ProQuest. Web. 20 July 2010.

Article with two authors

Logue, Cal M. and Eugene F. Miller. "Communicative Interaction and Rhetorical Status in Harriet Ann  Jacobs' Slave Narrative." Southern Communication Journal 63.3 (1998): 182+. Academic Search Premier. Web. 23 Nov. 2008.

Journal article in print

If you are using an article that you found in the hard copy of the journal (which means you are holding the complete journal in your hand), leave off all information about the database.

EXAMPLES

Article with one author

Rahel, Frank J., “Managing Fisheries and  Conserving Fishes: A Difficult Balancing Act.” Bioscience 58.4: 354+.  Print. 

Article with two authors

Logue, Cal M. and Eugene F. Miller. "Communicative Interaction and Rhetorical Status in Harriet Ann  Jacobs' Slave Narrative." Southern Communication Journal 63.3 (1998): 182+.  Print.