How to cite a magazine article in MLA

MLA magazine article citation

To cite a magazine article in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) name: Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For three or more authors, list the first name followed by et al. (e. g. Watson, John, et al.)
  2. Title of the article: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Title of the magazine: Container titles are italicized and followed by a comma.
  4. volume number : Give the volume number preceded by vol. (e. g. vol. 56).
  5. issue number: Give the number of the source preceded by no. (e. g. no. 7).
  6. Date of publication: Give the day, month and year of publication. All months, excluding June and July, are abbreviated as three letters (e.g. 9 Aug. 2019.)
  7. page numbers: Give the full page range preceded by pp. If only one page, precede with one p.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a magazine article in MLA style 8th edition:

Author(s) name. "Title of the article." Title of the magazine, vol. volume number , no. issue number, Date of publication, pp. page numbers.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


An article with four authors from a technology magazine

McCarthy, John, et al. "A proposal for the Dartmouth Summer Research Project on Artificial Intelligence." AI Magazine, vol. 27, no. 4, Aug. 1955, pp. 12-14.

An article from a magazine without volume or issue number

Belluck, Pam. "New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results." NY Times, 26 July 2018, p. A1.

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