Citation Guide

Articles from Online Sources: Basic MLA Format

Article found in a library database

  • Author(s). "Article Title: Subtitle of Article." Title of Journal, Magazine or Newspaper, volume/issue/number, date of publication, page numbers. Library Database Title, url or DOI without the http://.

Article found elsewhere online

  • Author(s). "Article Title: Subtitle of Article." Title of Journal, Magazine or Newspaper, volume/issue/number, date of publication, page numbers, url or DOI without the http://.

Important MLA Guidelines for Article Citations

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://

Abbreviate all months with five or more letters 

MLA does NOT require that you include a date of access; however, if your instructor asks you to include an access date, place the access date at the end of the entry:

  • Emanuel, Ekeziel J. "Big Pharma's Go-To Defense of Soaring Drug Prices Doesn't Add Up." The Atlantic, 23 Mar. 2019, www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2019/03/drug-prices-high-cost-research-and-development/585253/. Accessed 1 Aug. 2019. 

Newspaper Article from Online Database: MLA Format

Hallett, Vicky. "Prancercise, a Celebration of Self-Expression." The Washington Post, 18 Sept. 2013, p. 11. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu/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: MLA Format

Begley, Sharon. "Could This Be the End of Cancer?" Newsweek, vol. 158, no. 25, 19 Dec. 2011, pp. 36-39. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu/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: MLA Format

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 Article without DOI from Online Database: MLA Format

Curthoys, Ann. "The Magic of History: Harry Potter and Historical Consciousness." Agora, vol. 49, no. 4, 2014, pp. 23-31. EbscoHost, ezproxy.nwtc.edu/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).