Mla Format Cite Research Paper

Journal – A periodical published by a special group or professional organization. Often focused around a particular area of study or interest. Can be scholarly in nature (featuring peer-reviewed articles), or popular (such as trade publications).

Citing journals in MLA 7 is similar to citing books in MLA 7. There are, however, a few key differences. Read on for more information.


Citing a journal article found through a database*

*Note: Online databases provide access to thousands of journal articles. It is important to identify the database name when citing a journal article found through a database.



Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Database Name. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.


Date accessed: This is the day that the article was found and read.


Manning, Paul. “YouTube, ‘Drug Videos’ and Drugs Education.” Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy 20.2 (2013): 120-30. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.

Citing a journal article in print


Last, First M. “Article Title.” Journal Title Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page-Page. Print.



Anand, Raktima, Akhilesh Gupta, Anshu Gupta, Sonia Wadhawan, and Poonam Bhadoria. “Management of Swine-flu Patients in the Intensive Care Unit: Our Experience.” Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology 28.1 (2012): 51-55. Print.

Citing a journal article not found using a database*

*Note: Some journal articles are accessible online without the use of a database. Citing an online journal article is similar to citing a print journal article, except that you include the date you found it.



Last, First M. “Article title.” Journal Title. Series Volume.Issue (Year Published): Page(s). Website Publication Year. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.

If you cannot identify a series, leave it out of the citation.

Date Accessed: This is the day that the article was found and read.



Marsh, Joanne, and Gill Evans. “Generating Research Income: Library Involvement in Academic Research.” Library and Information Research 36.113 (2012): 48-61. 2013. Web. 2 Apr. 2013.

The following two sample research papers are typical of the papers that might be submitted in different kinds of courses.

Reading these papers will help you learn about organizing an argument and working with sources. The papers also demonstrate the use of MLA style to document sources and the formatting of the margins, line spacing, and other physical attributes of a printed paper. The MLA’s guidelines on formatting papers appear elsewhere on this site.

The sample papers were written by MLA staff members who are experienced college teachers. You may find that the writing and documentation seem polished. Because the sample papers serve as models, we aimed to make them free of errors in grammar and documentation. Nevertheless, we hope that the papers usefully represent good student work.



This paper, on Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series, shows you how to incorporate figures into your text, style a block quotation, and cite a variety of sources. Read about block quotations in the MLA Handbook (1.3.2–3, 1.3.7).


This paper, on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park and the courtship novel, features examples of how to use notes in MLA style, cite a dictionary definition, and more.

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