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MLA Style Guide, 8th & 9th Editions: Journal Article

This LibGuide reflects the changes to MLA style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Eighth & Ninth Editions.

Journal Article

Material Type In-text Citation Works Cited
Article from a print journal (Dukes 1)   

Dukes, Charlene. "Recognizing our Camelot Moment." Community College Journal, vol. 86, no. 5, Apr./May 2016, p. 1. 

Article from a scholarly journal in a database, no DOI

(Tucker et al. 159)

Tucker, Virginia M., et al. “Learning Portals: Analyzing Threshold Concept Theory for LIS Education.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, vol. 55, no. 2, Apr. 2014, pp. 150-65. Academic OneFile,

In this example, [Academic OneFile] is the database and second container so it is italicized.

Article from a scholarly journal in a database with a DOI

(Pop 36)

Pop, Claudia A., and Alexandru I. Tiba. “Mental Imagery, Optimism, and Self-Efficacy: The Role of Imagery Perspective and Imagery Modality in Positive Cognition.” Romanian Journal of Psychology, vol. 21, no. 2, July 2019, pp. 35–43. EBSCOhost,
Article from a scholarly journal on the Internet (Houtman 7-8) Houtman, Eveline. “Mind-Blowing: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction.”  Communications in Information Literacy, vol.9, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-18.
Article with no author ("Estate" 102) "The Estate Tax Debate." The Wilson Quarterly, vol. 25, no.1,  2001, pp. 100-02. Humanities Source,