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MLA Citation Style, 9th Edition

This guide will assist you in formatting your in-text and Works Cited citations in MLA, 9th Edition, format.

General Format: Scholarly Article in Library Database

Scholarly Articles found online through library databases will generally take the following format:

Author Last Name, First Name. "Capitalized Title of Article." Capitalized and Italicized Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, season or month + year, page numbers. Capitalized, Italicized Name of Database if Applicable, URL OR DOI (in URL form).


Hannah, Daniel K. "The Private Life, the Public Stage: Henry James in Recent Fiction." Journal of Modern Literature, vol.30, no. 3, 2007*, pp. 70-94. JSTOR,

*NOTE: some journals will list a season or month along with the year; include both if this is the case.

Articles accessed in print will end with the page numbers.