The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th edition) is the primary citation style for liberal arts and humanities. 

Here are the components of a scholarly article in MLA style (if you don't have one of the components, leave it out): 

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal, Volume, Issue, Year, pages. URL or DOI

Cite the online database, if relevant, by name in italics before the URL (i.e. Academic Search Premier). For articles you found in print, you don't need to include online access informiaton.


Garcia, Antero. “Beautiful Dark Twisted Pedagogy: Kanye West and the Lessons of Participatory Culture.” Radical Teacher, no. 97, Fall 2013, pp. 30–35. EBSCOhost, doi:10.5195/rt.2013.38

For more examples and details:

  • MLA Handbook: available at the Merrill-Cazier Library Information Desk
  • The OWL Guide to MLA Style: MLA guide from Purdue University's Online Writing Lab

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