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How to Cite Articles


When you are writing term papers in college, it is important to cite all sources used in a reference list at the end of your paper. This will help you avoid any suspicion of plagiarism; plus, it is required by many professors. Citing articles from periodicals can sometimes be a challenge, because there are several publication details you must list. Both the Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) set guidelines for the correct citation of articles from magazines, newspapers and scholarly journals.

Citing Articles in MLA Style

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a magazine: Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine in Italics Day Month Year of Publication: Page Range. Medium of Publication. For example: Jones, Samuel. "The Best Japanese Teas." Tea Time Weekly 11 Jan. 2009: 149-153. Print.

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a journal: Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal in Italics Volume.Issue (Year): Page Range. Medium of Publication. For example: Jones, Samuel. "The Best Japanese Teas." The Journal of Tea 13.7 (2010): 149-153. Print.

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a newspaper: Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper in Italics Day Month Year of Publication: Page. Medium of Publication. For example: Jones, Samuel. "Price of Japanese Tea Rises Sharply." New York Times 11 Jan. 2009: A4. Print.

If the newspaper is a local publication that does not have national distribution, list the city and state from which it originates in brackets after the newspaper title. For example: Jones, Samuel. "Price of Japanese Tea Rises Sharply." New York Times [New York, NY] 11 Jan. 2009: A4. Print.

Citing Articles in APA Style

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a magazine: Author's Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day of Publication). Title of article. Title of Magazine in Italics, Issue, Page Range. For example: Jones, S. (2009). The best Japanese teas. Tea Time Weekly, 14, 149-153.

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a journal: Author's Last Name, First Initial. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal in Italics, Volume In Italics(Issue), Page Range. For example: Jones, S. (2010). The best Japanese teas. The Journal of Tea, 13(7), 149-153. If you are citing an article from a journal that is paginated by volume and does not have issue numbers, simply omit the issue number from your citation.

Organize your citation in the following manner if you are citing an article from a newspaper: Author's Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day of Publication). Title of article. Title of Newspaper in Italics, Page.

For example: Jones, S. (2009, Jan. 11). Price of Japanese tea rises sharply. The New York Times, p. A4.

If the article appears on more than one page, list both pages, preceded by "pp." For example: Jones, S. (2009, Jan. 11). Price of Japanese tea rises sharply. The New York Times, pp. A4, C1.

Tips
  • If you are using APA style, capitalize only the first letter of an article's title, along with the first letters of any proper nouns.
  • If you are using MLA style, be sure to abbreviate all of the months other than May when listing dates of publication.
  • The titles of magazines, journals and newspapers should appear in italics according to both APA and MLA guidelines.
  • According to MLA style, do not include "the" in the title of newspapers or journals.
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