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How to Cite Peer Review Articles


One of the things you will be most expected to do in any college paper is to cite your references correctly, while adhering to MLA style guidelines. The MLA is the Modern Language Association, and their method of citation has widely become the standard at almost all schools in North American. Citing reputable peer reviewed articles is important to know how to do, according to MLA standards.

Place a citation in the body of the paper by including a parenthetical at the end of the sentence in which you are citing the peer review article. Within the parenthetical, state the last name of the author you are citing and the page number on which your citation occurs in the article.

Use the proper citation for subsequent references to the same article. After the first in-paper citation you need only write the page number in the parenthetical until you cite another author. If you return to the first article after citing another, you must again include the last name at the beginning again.

Begin a "Works Cited" page at the end of your paper, and number it as if it were the next page in your work. Works Cited pages should always be organized alphabetically by author's last name.

Cite the peer review article by providing the author's last name, then first name. Then, in quotation marks, give the title of the article. Next, put the title of the journal in which the article was published, followed by "volume.issue" for that journal. In parentheses, include the year of publication, a colon and the pages cited in the article. Finally, include the medium in which this journal was published (i.e. print, online, etc). The completed citation should appear in this format:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.

About the Author

Mike Huguenor is a writer and musician from San Jose, Calif. He holds a B.A. in philosophy and literature from University of California, Santa Cruz. Specializing in literature, music and art, Huguenor has contributed to the "South Boston Literary Gazette" and the "California Undergraduate Philosophy Review."

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