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Periodical Article Citation Examples


Here are some example citations for articles from magazines, journals, and newspapers. They are based on MLA 8 guidelines. A Works Cited page should be double spaced within and between citations. To save room, we only single spaced. When a citation has more than one line, the second line and any lines that follow should have a hanging indent. That means the first line of each citation starts at the left margin, and all other lines are indented (moved to the right) half an inch.

Magazine Articles

Example magazine article, print, non-consecutive pages

Betteley, Pat. "Giraffes: Sentries of the Savanna." Faces: People, Places, and Cultures, Mar. 2016, pp. 6+.

Example – magazine article, Internet, timestamp after the date

Shanahan, Mike. “The Majesty and Mystery of India’s Sacred Banyan Trees.” Newsweek, 21 Sept. 2016, 1:13 p.m.,
     www.newsweek.com/ladders-heaven-india-sacred-banyan-trees-figs-500196.

Example magazine article, library database, (title of magazine and database are the same)

Boyer, Crispin. "Bottlenose Dolphins." National Geographic Kids, June-July 2016, pp. 16+. National Geographic Kids,
     tinyurl.galegroup.com/tinyurl/3iYh66.

Example – magazine article, library database, no author

"The Science of Decision Making and Peer Pressure." New York Times Upfront, 8 Feb. 2016, p. S17. Student Resources in Context,
   
link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A443058701/SUIC?u=port&xid=fcd649c7.

Newspaper Articles

Example – newspaper article, print, local (not national), city not already in newspaper’s name

Williams, Kate. “New Arrival Will Take Plunge at Zoo.” The Oregonian [Portland], 11 Aug. 2016, p. A3.

Example newspaper article, Internet, national

Mitchell, Heidi. “Why Are Human Ears Shaped That Way?” Wall Street Journal, 19 Sept. 2016. www.wsj.com/articles/
     why-are-human-ears-shaped-that-way-1474302423.

Example newspaper article, library database, no author, no page listed

"Secondhand Smoke Remains a Problem for Teens, Study Finds." Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2016. Student Resources in Context,
    link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/A439616122/SUIC?u=port&xid=5286da8e.