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MLA Periodicals


Examples of how to document the most common types of periodicals are illustrated in this document. However, you might need to use a reference for a source which is not listed on this document.

In such a case, refer to one of two books by Joseph Gibaldi: The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Sixth Edition, New York: Modern Language Association, 2003) or the MLA Style Guide to Scholarly Publishing (Second Edition, New York: Modern Language Association, 1998). Choose the example that is most like your source and follow that format.

These examples use underlining (a remnant of typewriter technology) rather than italics. Either is correct.


Abstract in an abstracts journal

Harris, Richard D., and William Lundstrom. "Language Learning of a

Gorilla." Linguistic Abstracts, 4 (1975): item 306.

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Journal article

Beaty, James C., Jr., Jeannette N. Cleveland, and Kevin R. Murphy. "The

Relation Between Personality and Contextual Performance in 'Strong' Versus

'Weak' Situations." Human Performance 14.2 (2001): 125-148.

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Special issue of a journal

Richmond, Elizabeth, ed. Humor and the Right Hemisphere. Spec. issue of Journal

of Social Anthropology, 17.6 (1992).

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Magazine article

Melymuka, Kathleen. "Profiting from Mistakes." Computerworld 30 Apr. 2001: 42.

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Newspaper article

Barr, Stephen. "Pay Rates Not So Special to Employees Who Feel Left

Behind." The Washington Post 10 July 2001: B02.

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