Q. How do I cite in MLA?


MLA Style is the recommended style of citation used in the Arts and Humanities. In MLA Style, you have some basic core elements that are arranged in a specific order: 

  1. Author.
  2. Title of source.
  3. Title of container,
  4. Other contributors, 
  5. Version,
  6. Number,
  7. Publisher, 
  8. Publication date,
  9. Location.

‚ÄčNote: Notice the appropriate punctuation to use after each element.

So the basic format for a Journal Article from the library databases:

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. "Title of Source." Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, PublicationDate, pp. #.

DatabaseName, URL.

Note: The journal title is in italics and all lines proceeding the first are indented. Vol.# refers to the Volume Number, no. # refers to the Issue Number, and pp. # refers to the page numbers.

Journal Article Example: 

Lorensen, Jutta. “Between Image and Word, Color, and Time: Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series.” African

American Review, vol. 40, no. 3, 2006, pp. 571-86.EBSCOHost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=24093790&site=ehost-live.


To learn how to cite using MLA citation, the library suggests referring to the Purdue OWL and MLA Style sites (see links below). 


  • Last Updated Jul 05, 2017
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