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MLA Citation: Electronic Articles

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List of Core Elements

If these elements are available, include them in your citation:

  • Author
  • Title of source: book, article, poem, song, art object
  • Title of Container: book that is a collection, periodical (journal, magazine, newspaper), television series, website, database
  • Other Contributors: editors, illustrators, translators, directors, actors, etc.
  • Version: edition or version (e-book, Kindle ed.)
  • Number: volume in a multi-volume set, journal volume and issue numbers, TV series season and episode
  • Publisher: publishing house, TV or film production company, website, blog network.
  • Publication date
  • Location: page(s), URL, disc number in a DVD set

Optional Elements:

  • City of Publication for works published before 1900
  • Date of Access: recommended
  • URL: recommended
  • DOI: if available, use instead of a URL

Electronic Article Examples

Journal Article

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journalvol. #, no. #, Year, pages. Name of database, URL.

Davis, Cynthia J. "Margaret Fuller, Body and Soul." American Literature, vol. 71,1999, pp31-56. JSTOR.

DiMatteo, Anthony. "The Use and Abuse of Shakespeare." College Literature, vol. 31, no. 2, 2005, pp. 185-195.

      Literature Resource Center.



Magazine Article


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Magazine, Day Month Year, pagesName of database, URL.

Alter, Jonathan. "Truth: The Best Propaganda." Newsweek4 Dec. 2002, p. 29. Academic Search



Weintraub, Arlene, and Laura Cohen. "A Thousand-Year Plan for Nuclear Waste." Business Week, 6

      May 2002, pp. 42-47.

Business Source Complete.        



Newspaper Article 


Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper, Day Month Year, pages. Name of database, URL.

Fred, Reed. "Online Banking Lags in Security." Washington Times13 Oct. 2005. Regional Business News,