MLA journal citation
In the MLA Works Cited entry for a journal article, you have to include the author(s); the title of the article; the name of the journal; the volume and issue; the page range on which the article appears; and the publication date.
In the in-text citation, as with other MLA parenthetical citations, include the author’s last name and the page number.
Examples of MLA journal citation
MLA citation for articles in online journals
When citing an online journal article, first look for a DOI, as this is more stable and less likely to change than a URL.
If there is no DOI, you can add the URL instead.
MLA citation for an article in a database
For sources located on a database like JSTOR or SAGE, include the database name along with the DOI or permanent URL.
MLA citation for articles in special issue journals
Special issue journals focus on a specific theme, are written by a specific group of authors or are compiled from a special event.
In these cases, include the special issue name, the phrase “special issue of” and the journal’s regular name.
MLA citation for articles with other contributors
If a publication lists editors or other contributors, their names should be included in the source reference.
Author order and titles in MLA journal citations
For journal articles with more than one author, learn how to order the names in our guide to the MLA author element. For more instructions on titles, including capitalization, read our guide to the MLA title element.
Where to find information for journal article citations
Every journal is different, but all clearly provide the information necessary to create MLA citations. You will usually see the information clearly visible once you land on the article page.
In the example below, from multidisciplinary database JSTOR, you can see that each piece of information used in the citation is clearly marked.