Citation Guide

Article Examples: MLA 8th Edition

In general, MLA recommends the following:

  • Include the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) instead of a URL.
  • If there is no DOI, include the permanent URL or permalink.
  • If there is no permanent URL given, use whatever URL is present.

And remember, whether you use a DOI or permalink, remove the http:// or https://

Important: Abbreviate all months with five or more letters 

Newspaper Article from Online Database

color coded example of MLA format for newspaper article

Hallett, Vicky. "Prancercise, a Celebration of Self-Expression." The Washington Post, 18 Sept. 2013, p. 11. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu:2048/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edsgov&AN=edsgcl.343280158&site=eds-live&scope=site.

In-text citation:

According to Hallett, "this is a citation" (11).

OR

"This is a citation" (Hallett 11).

Magazine Article from Online Database

color coded example of MLA format for magazine article

Begley, Sharon. "Could This Be the End of Cancer?" Newsweek, vol. 158, no. 25, 19 Dec. 2011, pp. 36-39. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu:2048/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=tru e&db=f5h&AN=9707771&site=eds-live&scope=site.

In-text citation:

According to Begley, "this is a citation" (37).

OR

"This is a citation" (Begley 37).

Scholarly Journal Article (with DOI) from Online Database

color coded example of MLA format for scholarly journal with DOI

Barlow, David H., and Katherine Ann Kennedy. "New Approaches to Diagnosis and Treatment in Anxiety and Related Emotional Disorders: A Focus on Temperament." Canadian Psychology, vol. 57, no. 1, 2016, pp. 8-20. ProQuest, dx.doi.org/10.1037/cap0000039.

In-text citation:

According to Barlow and Kennedy, "this is a citation" (9).

OR

"This is a citation" (Barlow and Kennedy 9).

Scholarly Journal Article (without DOI) from Online Database

color coded example of MLA format for scholarly article without DOI

Curthoys, Ann. "The Magic of History: Harry Potter and Historical Consciousness." Agora, vol. 49, no. 4, 2014, pp. 23-31. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu:2048/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=ehh &AN=102630773&site=eds-live&scope=site. 

In-text citation:

According to Curthoys, "this is a citation" (23).

OR

"This is a citation" (Curthoys 23).