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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th edition)

Citations examples on this page:

  • Magazine Article From a Library Database - One Author
  • Magazine Article From a Library Database - Two Authors
  • Magazine Article From a Library Database - Unknown Author
  • Magazine Article From a Website
  • Magazine Article in Print - One Author
  • Magazine Article in Print - Two or More Authors
  • Magazine Article in Print - Unknown Author
  • In-Text Citation For Two or More Authors/Editors
  • Citing Three or More Authors

How Do I Know If It's a Magazine?

Not sure whether your article is from a magazine? Look for these characteristics:

Popular magazines:

  • Main purpose is to entertain, sell products or promote a viewpoint.
  • Appeal to the general public.
  • Often have many photos and illustrations, as well as many advertisements.
  • Author may or may not have subject expertise.
  • Name and credentials of authors often NOT provided.
  • Articles tend to be short –less than 5 pages.
  • Unlikely to have a bibliography or references list.

Trade magazines:

  • Main purpose is to update and inform readers on current trends in a specific industry or trade.
  • Audience is members of a specific industry or trade or professors and students in that trade or industry.
  • May have photos and numerous advertisements, but still assume that readers understand specific jargon of the profession.
  • Usually published by an association.
  • Authors are professionals working in the specific industry or trade.


Note: All citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent in a Reference List.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.