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MLA Style Guide 9th Edition


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.

Journal Article 1 Author


Last, First. "Title of Article in Quotations." Name of Journal in Italics, vol. #, no. #, Date, pp. first page-last page. Database, location (link or DOI).



Griffis, Rachel B. "Stories for 'Good Young Girls': Louisa May Alcott, Gender, and Realism." Women's Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, Apr. 2016, pp. 263-74. Academic Search Complete,

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

Griffis, Rachel B. “Stories for ‘Good Young Girls’: Louisa May Alcott, Gender, and Realism.” Women’s Studies, vol. 45, no. 3, Apr. 2016, pp. 263–274. Academic Search Complete,

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 (Griffis 9).                        


Include the author's last name 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 Rachel Griffis, "consider this a direct quote" (9). Griffis goes on to argue that this is a paraphrased sentence (10).

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