Complete Article Citation Guide & Examples in MLA

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Why MLA Citation Matters?

MLA remains one of the most popular academic writing styles among college and university students. That is why it is also the standard that is frequently used even by first-year students. Standing for Modern Language Association, MLA is relatively simple when compared to such style formats as Chicago or Harvard.

Knowing how to use MLA article citation correctly is a guarantee that any plagiarism risks will be avoided and that every argument in a research paper or an average essay task will be supported with a relevant reference. In our guide, we shall focus on the MLA 9th edition with the inclusion of both templates and examples that will help you to understand how things work in practice! 

How to Cite an Article MLA Style?

Since articles we use as a reference include magazines, newspapers, or various scholarly academic journals, the key is to include as much information as one has available. Still, if you do not have sufficient information, make sure you know the author or a title with the information about your magazine, newspaper publication, or a relevant journal.

Citing an article MLA style implements the “container” term for each source it deals with. Therefore, our template will include it, meaning that any kind of article can be used. Here is the general template: 


Author. Source Title. Container, Other contributors (translators or editors), Version
          (edition), Number (vol. or no.), Publisher, Date, Location (pp.). 2nd container’s
          title, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Date, Location (pp.).

The in-text citation:

(Last Name, pp)

Types of Articles for MLA Citation

Many of us are wondering how to cite an article MLA style when there are different types and sources that come either from a newspaper or a magazine, still being an article. The trick is to understand the format requirements for each case, which can be mastered by following our templates. See below: 

Online Article

Bibliography reference: 

Last name, First name. “Article Title or Individual Section of The Page.” Website Title,
        Name of the Publisher, Publication Date in Day Month Year formatting, URL.


(Last Name, pp.)
Einarsdóttir, Gréta. “The Art of Housekeeping.” Iceland Review Publishing, 4 Jan 2019, 

Article in Print

Author Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Periodical or any Print
      Container, Day Month. Year, pages.
(Last Name)

Bibliography reference: 

Hervey, Jane. “15 Women-Run Indie Magazines To Read When Your Newsfeed’s In
          Flames.” Forbes. Feb 20, 2018, e4-e7



With No Author

Citing an online article MLA style without a known author is quite simple. Just follow these rules: 

You have to start with the title, then continue with your reference in exactly the same way as you would with any type of periodical based on what information is available. 

Bibliography reference: 

“Problems in the mining industry in South Africa.” European Centre for Development
        Great Insights Magazine, Vol. 2 (2), February-March 2013.

In-text quote: 

(“Problems In The Mining Industry in South Africa”)

With Multiple Authors

According to MLA 9th edition, two or more authors cases follow this formatting: 

Last name, First name of First Author, and First Name Last Name of Your Second
      Author. “Web Page Title.” Website Title, Publisher, Date in Day Month Year format,
(Last Name)

As a result, we have the following example: 

Henley, Jon, and Jennifer Rankin. “Coronavirus in Europe: French and Dutch on alert
        over rise in cases.” The Guardian, The Guardian News & Media Limited, 11 Aug
(Henley and Rankin)

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How should I format my MLA online article citation for a newspaper?

Use the following example: 

Chad, Norman. “In The Latest NCAA Basketball Scandal, Sports Fans Share Some
        Blame, Too.” Washington Post, 5 March 2018, p. LZ02.


Can you provide a movie review article MLA template?

Sure! See below: 

Review’s Author. “Title.” Review Title of Performance, by Author/Director/Artist. Title of
        Periodical, Day Month Year, page.
Walberg, Tony. “The Nature of Violence & Culture.” Review of The Lord of The Flies,
        directed by Peter Brook. New York Times, 22 July 2002, p. E18.

What does "container" mean in MLA format?

It can refer to any print or a digital article medium like websites, print sources, or journals in databases that you include in your academic writing work.