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.
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.,
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,
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,
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/
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,