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MLA Style Guide, 9th Edition: Journal Article

This LibGuide reflects the changes to MLA style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Ninth Edition

Additional Information

Many scholarly or peer-reviewed articles will have a digital object identifier (DOI) assigned to it.  According the MLA Handbook, 8th., ed., use the DOI in place of the permalink following this format "doi:############."  See the examples below.

*Please note that the citations below are not formatted with a hanging indent due to formatting restrictions.  Please make sure you set your MS Word document to hanging indent with .5" spaces.  

Journal Article

Material Type In-text Citation Works Cited
Article from a print journal (Dukes 1)   

Dukes, Charlene. "Recognizing our Camelot Moment." Community College Journal, vol. 86 no. 5, Apr./May 2016, p. 1. 

Article from a scholarly journal in a database


Journal article in a database with a doi

(Tucker et al. 159)

Tucker, Virginia M., et al. “Learning Portals: Analyzing Threshold Concept Theory for LIS Education.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, vol. 55, no. 2, Apr. 2014, pp. 150-65. Academic OneFile,

In this example, [Academic OneFile] is the database and second container so it is italicized.

Gross, Melissa, et al. "Improving Below-Proficient Information Literacy Skills: Designing an Evidence-based Educational Intervention." College Teaching, vol. 60, no. 3, 2012, pp. 104-111. Academic Search Complete, doi: 10.1080/87567555.2011.645257.

Article from a scholarly journal on the Internet

(Houtman 7-9)

Houtman, Eveline. “Mind-Blowing: Fostering Self-Regulated Learning in Information Literacy Instruction.”  Communications in Information Literacy, vol.9, no. 1, 2015, pp. 6-18.‚Äč.

Article with no author ("Estate" 102) "The Estate Tax Debate." The Wilson Quarterly, vol. 25, no.1,  2001, pp. 100-2. Academic Search Premier,