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MLA Style Guide 9th Edition


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.

Article Print


Last, First. "Title of Article in Quotations." Name of Journal in Italics, vol. #, no. #, Date, pp. first page-last page.



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. 771-89.

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 for an article with one author are outlined below. Please see Journal Article with 2 Authors, Online, and Journal Article for 3+ Authors, Online for examples of in-text citations for more than one author.

Reference Information

Martinello, Christopher. “Indigenous Subsistence Strategies on the Canadian Shield: A Case Study From the Kennaway Settlement." The Canadian Journal of Native Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, 2020, pp. 75-100.

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 (Martinello, 78).   


Include the author's last names as part of the sentence; include the page number in brackets. The first time the author is mentioned in text use their full name (excluding middle initials), and use their last name only after that.


According to Christopher Martinello, "consider this a direct quote" (78). Martinello goes on to argue that this is a paraphrased sentence (79).

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