How to Cite Journals & Publications

Updated July 20, 2017

When writing and presenting research, it is important to show where you got your facts. If you are writing for a college class or a legitimate publication, chances are they will be expecting you to follow a certain style for citing journals and other publications. Following these instructions makes it simple for others to check your work and demonstrates that you are a professional and know the importance of a good works cited list.

How to Cite

Identify what format your professor or editor would like citations to be in. This information will most likely be found in your syllabus or writer's guidelines. If you're not sure, ask.

Make a note of where each piece of information came from, including the title of the journal, date of publication and page number, as you're conducting your research. This will save you valuable time later on as it will save you from trying to figure out where a particular statistic or fact originated.

Write down the author's name, title of the article used and page numbers, journal title, volume and issue number, publication date, publishing house and publishing city. In case you forget one of these, also be sure to write down instructions for finding it again, such as a library call number.

Follow the appropriate citation style guidelines as you write and put together a works cited page.

MLA Style

Cite references for in-text information by listing the author and page number in parenthesis before the period.

For example:

Dogs were the first animal species to live on Mars (Banely 27).

List all of your sources in alphabetical order, following the template, on your works cited page. Magazine articles are cited in the following manner:

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Periodical (in italics) Day Month Year: pages. Medium of publication.

For example:

Banely, Alfred. "Animals in Space." Doggie Magazine (in italics) 20 Dec. 2017: 25-33. Print.

Format your works cited page using a hanging indent.

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About the Author

Meg Hooper has been writing professionally since 2008. Her work has been published in several local daily newspapers as well in "Detours" magazine and online outlets. She graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in English.