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MLA Citation

Article from a Database

Article from Database(This includes newspaper/magazine articles from a database.)

Remember to include the journal name and database name (e.g. Proquest, Academic Search Complete) in italics. The citation should also include the DOI (digital object identifier). Unlike a database link, which can expire, a DOI is like a unique barcode assigned to an article that will not change.


Basic Format:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, volume number, issue number, Date of Publication, Page Numbers, Database Name, DOI.

Beeckmans, Luce. "The Adventures of the French Architect Michel Ecochard in Post-independence Dakar: A Transnational Development Expert Drifting Between Commitment and Expediency." Journal of Architecture, vol. 19, no. 6, Nov. 2014, pp. 849-871. ProQuest, doi: 10.1080/13602365.2014.982146.


If you do not see a DOI number include a link to the article.  Some databases have a button that gives you a "permalink" which is a permanent link to the article that will not expire. Use this whenever possible.

Krugman, Paul. "Fear of Eating." New York Times, May 21, 2007, late ed., pp. A19., Proquest National Newspapers Premier,


If there are three or more authors, list only the first author then use the phrase "et al." (Latin for "and others") instead of listing all the remaining authors.

Van Tyne, Daria, et al. "Structure, Function, and Biology of the Enterococcus Faecalis Cytolysin." Toxins, vol. 5, no. 5, May 2013, pp. 895-911. EBSCOhost, doi:10.3390/toxins5050895.

Article from Online Journal

Online JournalIf you are citing an article that is online-only (does not appear in print) and does not have page numbers then leave the page numbers out.  You can include the date of access but that is optional.

Grimes, Ivy. "Dream Where Paul Simon Was My Boyfriend." Box of Jars, vol. 6, Accessed 30 March 2017.

Article from Print (Paper) Journal/ Magazine

Print Journal/Magazine

Scholarly journals and magazines are cited in very similar styles.  (What's the difference between a scholarly journal and a magazine?)  

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical, Day Month Year, pages.

Magazine Example:

Vick, Karl. "The Home of the Future." Time, 3 April 2017, pp. 46-51. ​

For articles from scholarly journals you must include volume and issue information.

Journal Example:

Manworren, Renee C.B. and Aaron M. Gilson. "Nurses' Role in Preventing Prescription Opioid Diversion." American Journal of Nursing, vol. 115, no. 8, 2015, pp. 34-40.

Article from Print (Paper) Newspaper


Citing a newspaper is similar to citing a magazine article but newspapers usually have a different style of page number.  If newspaper is the late or early edition (usually marked on the front page), you make a note of it after the article title.  

Jargon, Julie. "Starbucks CEO Faces U.S. Challenge." Wall Street Journal, 3 April 2017, p. B3.

Krugman, Andrew. "Fear of Eating." New York Times, 21 May 2007, late ed., p. A1.