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Library Skills Instruction: Citations


When you write a paper, the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers says:  "You must indicate to your readers not only what works you used in writing the paper but also what you derived from each source and where in the work you found the material" (214).  Therefore, the citation is that documentation.  

For example, I should cite the above work as indicated below, using New Times Roman, 12 pt.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 7th ed. New York: MLA, 2009. Print.

Academic Search Premier Database Record

Below is an entry from an academic journal.


Academic Journal

By: Flanagin, Andrew J.; Metzger, Miriam J. Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly. Autumn2000, Vol. 77 Issue 3, p515-540. 26p. 5 Charts.

Subjects: INTERNET; WORLD Wide Web; PUBLIC opinion; Wired Telecommunications Carriers; Internet Publishing and Broadcasting and Web Search Portals

Basic Parts of a Record

ARTICLE TITLE                 Perceptions of Internet Information Credibility

AUTHORS                             Flanagin, Andrew J.; Metzger, Mirian

JOURNAL TITLE                   Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly

DATE OF PUBLICATION      Autumn 2000

VOLUME NUMBER               77

ISSUE NUMBER                   3

PAGE NUMBERS                 515-549


A Citation of a Scholarly Article Written According to MLA Guidelines

Flanagin, Anerew J., and Miriam Metzger. "Perceptions of Internet Information 

      Credibility." Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly 77.3 (2000): 515-49.

      Academic Search Premier. Web. 8 April 2016.   

Examples and Guidelines for Magazines and Scholarly Journals

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Please click MLA Guidelines for instructions about writing citations for articles, books, and book chapters, etc.

Click to see a sample paper 

Print Copy of MLA Guidelines