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MLA Style Guide

Journal Article with 1 Author, Online


When referencing a journal article, be sure to include the title of the article (source), and the name of the journal (container) it was published in, and the database (container 2). Include any volume and/or number information as applicable.

When you access a journal article electronically, be sure to include the URL or DOI as the location in the works cited entry.

Including the access date is recommended, but not required.

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

Williams, Megan. "Breast Cancer and the Environment." Canadian Woman Studies, vol. 14, no. 3, 1994, pp. 7-10. Canadian Business and Current Affairs, Accessed 22 Mar. 2018.

In-text Citation Guidelines



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


Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Williams 9).                        


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


According to Williams, "consider this a direct quote" (9).

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