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MLA Help: Magazines and Newspapers

Gateway Libraries

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 magazines and newspapers, you do not include the volume or issue.  You need the following information:

  author's name (last name, first name)

  title of the article (in quotation marks)

  title of the magazine or newspaper (italics)

•  page numbers of the article (For example:  469-480 or 469+)

  date of the article (day month year)

format

Articles from a library database

Basic citation set-up

Author’s last name, first name. “Title of article.” Name of magazine Day Month Year: Page number. Name of database. Format. Day Month Year you found the article

EXAMPLES

Monthly magazine article from ProQuest 

Klinkenborg, Verlyn. "Where the Other Half Lived." Mother Jones July-Aug. 2001: 54-57. ProQuest. Web. 30 July 2008.

 Weekly magazine article from EbscoHost

Couzin, Jennifer. "A Stem-cell Go-ahead." U.S. News & World Report 1 Feb. 1999: 53. EbscoHost. Web. 13 May 2008. 

Newspaper article from WilsonWeb

 Joseph, George. "A Sanyasi Travels Through Rural America." India Abroad (New York ed.) 24 Sept. 2004: C5. WilsonWeb. Web. 1 Oct. 2008.

Articles in print

If you have the actual copy of the publication in your hand, use the examples below:

Monthly magazine article:  

Klinkenborg, Verlyn. "Where the Other Half Lived." Mother Jones July-Aug. 2001: 54-57. Print.

Weekly magazine article:

Couzin, Jennifer. "A Stem-cell Go-ahead." U.S. News & World Report 1 Feb. 1999: 53. Print.

Newspaper article:

Joseph, George. "A Sanyasi Travels Through Rural America." India Abroad (New York ed.) 24 Sept. 2004: C5. Print.

Editorial in a newspaper or magazine:

Schmemann, Serge. "The World According to Gorbachev Disappears." Editorial. New York Times 8 Dec. 1991: E3. Print.