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Women's Studies 315 / English 315

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MLA - How to Cite Journals in a Works Cited List

Bibliographies in MLA style are known as a works cited list. MLA style also requires that you provide in-text citations for the information you provide.

Works cited list provides all of the parts of a citation for the resource beings used (e.g. author, title, year published, journal title, page numbers, etc.).

In-text citations for MLA require providing the author's name and page number(s) for the work addressed.

Below are some examples of what citations should look like for the works cited list in MLA style. The box to the right of this one will show you what in-text citations should look like in MLA style.

Alphabetize entries in the list of works cited by the author’s last name. If the author is anonymous, alphabetize by title, ignoring initial articles (like “The,” “An,” etc.).

Journals and other periodicals

The general format for periodicals (items published on a regular basis, like newspapers, magazine, and journals):

            Author, A. A., Author, B. B., and C. C. Author. “Title of Article.” Title of

Periodical xx (year): pp-pp. Database name. Medium. Retrieval day, 

Retrieval month,  retrieval year.

[Note: items from this general format should be omitted in not applicable (e.g., print sources do not require “database name,” or retrieval dates. Likewise, materials accessed directly from a publisher website, rather than a database, do not require database name but do require “Web” to account for the medium of access, as well as retrieval dates.]

A periodical publication in an online database

Chan, Evans. “Postmodernism and Hong Kong Cinema.” Postmodern Culture 10.3

(2000): n. pag. Project Muse. Web. 5 June 2008.

Miller, Steven and Sarah Guyer, eds. Literature and the Right to Marriage. Spec. issue

            of Diacritics 35.4 (2005): 1-124. Project Muse. Web. 5 June 2008.

Richardson, Lynda. “Minority Students Languish in Special Education System.” New

            York Times 6 April 1994, late ed.: A1+. Pt. 1 of a series, A Class Apart: Special

            Education in New York City. LexisNexis. Web. 5 June 2008.

An online scholarly journal accessed directly

 Landauer, Michelle. “Images of Virtue: Reading, Reformation and the Visualization

            of Culture in Rousseau’s La nouvelle Héloïse.” Romanticism on the Net 46

(2007): n. pag. Web. 8 Nov. 2007.

Ouellette, Marc. “Theories, Memories, Bodies, and Artists.” Editorial. Reconstruction

            7.4 (2007): n. pag. Web. 5 June 2008.

Print journal articles

 From a Journal with Continuous pagination:

Trumpener, Katie. “Memories Carved in Granite: Great War Memories and Everyday

Life.” PMLA 115 (2000): 1096-1103. Print.

 From a Journal that numbers pages in each issue separately:

Barthelme, Frederick. “Architecture.” Kansas Quarterly 13.3-4 (1981): 77-80. Print.

From a Newspaper:

Jeromack, Paul. “This Once, a David of the Art World Does Goliath a Favor.” New

            York Times 13 July 2002, late ed.: B7+. Print.


A Work Cited Only on the Web:

Eaves, Morris, Robert Essick, and Joseph Viscomi, eds. The William Blake Archive.

            Lib. of Cong., 8 May 2008. Web. 15 May 2008.

 A Work on the Web Cited with Print Publication Data:

Bierce, Ambrose. “Academy.” The Devil’s Dictionary. The Collected Works of Ambrose

            Bierce. Vol. 7. New York: Neale, 1911. N. pag. The Ambrose Bierce Project.

Web. 15 May 2008.

MLA In Text Citation Examples

Parenthetical notes are used instead of footnotes. References in the text must clearly point to specific sources in the list of the works cited. Keep parenthetical references as brief, and as few, as clarity and accuracy permit. Usually the author’s last name and a page reference are enough to identify the sources and the specific location: (Townsend 10).


If two or three names begin the entry, give the last name of each person: (Rabkin, Greenberg, and Olander vii).


If the work has more than three authors, follow the form in the bibliographic entry: either give the first author’s last name followed by et al., without any punctuation (Lauter et al. 2425-33) or give all the last names.


If you include the author’s name in a sentence, you need not repeat the name in the parenthetical page citation that follows, provided that the reference is clearly to the work of the author you mention: Tannen has argued this point (178-85).


If you wish to cite an entire work rather than part of the work, it is usually preferable to include the author’s name in the text instead of in a parenthetical reference. But Peter Scotto has offered another view.


When citing a volume number as well as a page reference for a multi-volume work, separate the two by a colon and a space: (Wellek 2: 1-10).


In a parenthetical reference of one of two or more works by the same author, put a comma after the author’s last name and add the title of the work (if brief) or a shortened version and the relevant page reference. (Durant and Durant, Age 214-48).



MLA - How to Cite Books in a Works Cited List

By a single author:

Franke, Damon. Modernist Heresies: British Library History, 1883-1924. Columbus:

            Ohio State UP, 2008. Print.


By Two or More authors:

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research.

2nd ed. Chicago: U of Chicago P, 2003. Print.


By a Corporate Author:

Urban Land Institute. Cities Post-9/11. Washington: Urban Land Inst., 2002. Print.


An Anthology:

Kepner, Susan Fulop, ed. and trans. The Lioness in Bloom: Modern Thai Fiction about

            Women. Berkeley: U of California P, 1996. Print.


A Work in an Anthology:

Allende, Isabel. “Toad’s Mouth.” Trans. Margaret Sayers Peden. A Hammock between

the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America. Ed. Thomas Colchie. New York:

Plume, 1992. 83-88. Print.


An Article in a Reference Book:

“Ginsburg, Ruth Bader.” Who’s Who in America. 62nd ed. 2008. Print.


A Multivolume Work:

Blanco, Richard L., ed. The American Revolution, 1775-1783: An Encyclopedia.

2 vols. Hamden: Garland, 1993. Print.