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:
- Title of source.
- Title of container,
- Other contributors,
- Publication date,
Note: 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. #.
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).