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MLA Style Guide

Journal Article, Print 


When referencing a journal article, be sure to include both the title of the article (source), and the name of the journal (container) it was published in. Include any volume and/or number information as applicable.

There are different ways to format an in-text citation, depending on your writing style and sentence structure. Every in-text citation must include the author's last name and page number. Formatting examples are outlined below:

Reference Information

Caruana, Nicholas J., et al. “The Power of the Dark Side: Negative Partnership and Political Behaviour in Canada.” Canadian Journal of Political Science, vol. 48, no. 4, Dec. 2015, pp. 771-789.

In-text Citation Guidelines



Include the author's last name(s) and page number placed in brackets at the end of a sentence.


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Caruana et al., 787).   


Include the author's last names as part of the sentence; include the page number in brackets.


According to Caruana and others, "consider this a direct quote" (787).

Remember, in-text citation formatting changes depending on a number of factors.