How to cite an online magazine article in MLA

MLA online magazine article citation

To cite an online 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. 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.)
  5. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.

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

Author(s) name. "Title of the article." Title of the magazine, Date of publication, URL.

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

Examples

An article from the digital version of a science magazine

Glausiusz, Josie. "Better planet: Can a maligned pesticide save lives?" Discover Magazine, 20 Nov. 2007, www.discovermagazine.com/2007/nov/can-a-maligned-pesticide-save-lives.

An article from the digital version of a technology magazine

Pollack, Martha E. "Intelligent technology for an aging population: The use of AI to assist elders with cognitive impairment." AI Magazine, 15 June 2005, www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/1810.

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