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MLA: Article Examples

Learn how to create a paper and source citations in MLA style.

Article from an Online Database

Check out the "Works Cited Citations" section for more information on how to find and format individual elements of the citation. If an element is not present (e.g. other contributors), leave it out.

Citation Recipe:

  1. Author.    DeCarlo, John.
  2. Title of source.      "Mother and Son: The Dynamics of Hamlet's Cartesian Madness."
  3. Title of container,     Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry,
  4. Other contributors,    
  5. Version,
  6. Number,     vol. 6, no. 4,
  7. Publishers,  
  8. Publication date,     Winter 2011,
  9. Location.     pp. 51-60.

Container 2 (in this case the database that the article was retrieved from):

  1. Title of container,    MLA International Bibliography,
  2. Other contributors,    
  3. Version,
  4. Number,
  5. Publishers, 
  6. Publication date,  
  7. Location.     ezproxy.ardc.talonline.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mzh&AN=2011027184.

Example:

In-Text Citation:
(DeCarlo 55)

Works Cited:
DeCarlo, John. "Mother and Son: The Dynamics of Hamlet's Cartesian Madness." Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry, vol. 6, no. 4, Winter 2011, pp. 51-60. MLA International Bibliography, ezproxy.ardc.talonline.ca/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=mzh&AN=2011027184.

Tips:

  • MLA recommends the inclusion of URLs unless your instructor specifies that they shouldn't be included (p. 48).  When providing a URL for a journal within an article database, you should look for what is called a permalink (p. 48).  This link is different from the one that is found in the top URL address bar in a web browser.
  • If your article has a DOI (digital object identifier) use that number as the "Location" element, in lieu of a URL (p. 48).

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