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MLA Citation Style

You may have to look at more than one example to decide how to cite a journal article. Articles may have multiple authors, and may or may not have issues, page numbers, or DOIs. If you are including a URL, use the permalink or stable link if available.

Journal article - one author, with DOI

Thacker, Robert. "'Evocative and Luminous Phrases': Reading Alice Munro's Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage." American Review of Canadian Studies, vol. 45, no. 2, 2015, pp. 187-95. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1080/02722011.2015.1039339.

In-text: (Thacker 189).

Note: "Italicize a title normally indicated by italics when it appears within a title enclosed in quotation marks" (MLA 71).

Journal article - one author, no DOI, no volume

Balzer, Geraldine."'Bring[ing] Them Back from the Inside Out': Coming Home through Story in Richard Wagamese's Keeper 'n Me." Essays on Canadian Writing, no. 83, 2004, pp. 222-39. Academic Search Complete,

In-text: (Balzer 222).

Note: "When a title normally indicated by quotation marks appears within another title requiring quotation marks, enclose the inner title in single quotation marks (MLA ‚Äč71).

Journal article - paragraph numbers, available on the web

Janes, Daniela. "Truth and History: Representing the Aura in The Englishman's Boy." Studies in Canadian Literature/Études en Litteratures Canadienne, vol. 27, no. 1, 2002, pars. 1-24,

In-text: (Janes, par. 3).

Note: See MLA Handbook (86), place comma after author's name when followed by par.

Journal article - no pagination or paragraph numbers, available on the web

Coad, David. "Hymens, Lips and Masks: The Veil in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale."  Contemporary Literary Criticism, edited by Jeffrey W. Hunter, vol. 246, Gale, 2008. Literature Resource Center,

In-text: (Coad).

Note: "When a source has no page numbers or any other kind of part number, no number should be given in a parenthetical citation. Do not count unnumbered paragraphs or other parts" (MLA 56).

Finding the Database Which Contains the Full-Text Article 

When using Okanagan College Library OCtopus, look up the journal containing your article by using the E-Journals link at  the top of the screen; then see which database has the issue of the journal you are citing.

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