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MLA list of works cited
A list of works cited, which appears at the end of your research paper, gives publication information for each of the sources you have cited in the paper. Start on a new page and title your list "Works Cited." Then list in alphabetical order all the sources that you have cited in the paper. Unless your instructor asks for them, do not include sources not actually cited in the paper even if you read them.

Alphabetize the list by the last names of the authors (or editors); if a work has no author or editor, alphabetize by the first word of the title other than A, An, or The.

Do not indent the first line of each works cited entry, but indent any additional lines one-half inch (or five spaces). This technique highlights the names by which the list has been alphabetized. For an example, see the Works Cited pages in this section of the site.

The following models illustrate the form that the Modern Language Association (MLA) recommends for works cited entries. Citation guidelines for periodicals appear below. For information on other types of works cited entries, choose one of the following options:

Books | Articles in periodicals | Electronic sources | Other sources

Directory to MLA works cited entries for Articles in Periodicals


Articles in Periodicals

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21. Article in a monthly magazine
In addition to the author, the title of the article, and the title of the magazine, list the month and year and the page numbers on which the article appears. Abbreviate the names of months except May, June, and July.

Kaplan, Robert D. "History Moving North." Atlantic

          Monthly Feb. 1997: 21+.

This example uses "21+" because the article did not appear on consecutive pages. For articles appearing on consecutive pages, provide the range of pages (for example, 50-53).

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22. Article in a weekly magazine
Handle articles in weekly (or biweekly) magazines as you do those for monthly magazines, but give the exact date of the issue, not just the month and year.

Pierpont, Claudia Roth. "A Society of One: Zora Neale

          Hurston, American Contrarian." New Yorker 17 Feb.

          1997: 80-86.

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23. Article in a journal paginated by volume
Many professional journals continue page numbers throughout the year instead of beginning each issue with page 1; at the end of the year, all of the issues are collected in a volume. Interested readers need only the volume number, the year, and the page numbers to find an article.

Cheuse, Alan. "Narrative Painting and Pictorial

          Fiction." Antioch Review 55 (1997): 277-91.

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24. Article in a journal paginated by issue
If each issue of the journal begins with page 1, you need to indicate the number of the issue. Simply place a period after the volume number and follow it with the issue number.

Dennis, Carl. "What Is Our Poetry to Make of Ancient

          Myths?" New England Review 18.4 (1997): 128-40.

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25. Article in a daily newspaper
Begin with the author, if there is one, followed by the title of the article. Next give the name of the newspaper, the date, and the page number (including the section letter). Use a plus sign (+) after the page number if the article does not appear on consecutive pages.

Knox, Richard A. "Please Don't Dial and Drive, Study

          Suggests." Boston Globe 13 Feb. 1997: A1+.

If the section is marked with a number rather than a letter, handle the entry as follows:

Wilford, John Noble. "In a Golden Age of Discovery,

          Faraway Worlds Beckon." New York Times 9 Feb.

          1997, late ed., sec. 1: 1+.

If an edition of the newspaper is specified on the masthead, name the edition after the date and before the page reference: eastern ed., late ed., natl. ed., and so on.

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26. Unsigned article in a newspaper or magazine
Use the same form you would use for an article in a newspaper or a weekly or monthly magazine, but begin with the title of the article.

"Marines Charged in Assault Case." Houston Chronicle

          14 Feb. 1998: 6A.

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27. Editorial in a newspaper
Cite an editorial as you would an unsigned article, adding the word "Editorial" after the title.

"Health Risk on Tap." Editorial. Los Angeles Times 11

          Feb. 1998: B6.

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28. Letter to the editor
Cite the writer's name, followed by the word "Letter" and the publication information for the newspaper or magazine in which the letter appears.

Peters, Tom. Letter. New Yorker 16 Feb. 1998: 13.

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29. Book or film review
Cite first the reviewer's name and the title of the review, if any, followed by the words "Rev. of" and the title and author or director of the work reviewed. Add the publication information for the publication in which the review appears.

France, Peter. "His Own Biggest Hero." Rev. of Victor

          Hugo, by Graham Robb. New York Times Book Review

          15 Jan. 1998: 7.

Taubin, Amy. "Year of the Lady." Rev. of The Portrait

          of a Lady, dir. Jane Campion. Village Voice 7

          Jan. 1997: 64.

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