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ENGL 1100: Literary Interpretation

Citation Style Guides

Check out our Citing Sources Guide for helpful resources on how to cite your sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats. Purdue OWL and Excelsior College OWL also have helpful guides for each style with examples. Always check with your instructor on what style they want you to use and if there are any specific modifications they would like.

If you're still unsure of how to cite something, contact a librarian.

MLA Style Citation for a Journal Article

MLA Format

Last, First, and First Last. "Title of Article." Title of Journal, vol. #, no. #, Year, pp. #-#. DOI.


Gottvall, Maria, et al. "Post‐migration Psychosocial Experiences and Challenges Amongst LGBTQ+ Forced Migrants: A Meta‐synthesis of Qualitative Reports." Journal of Advanced Nursing, vol. 79, no.1, 2023, pp. 358–71.


  • The first author's name is structured as last name, first name. Following authors are listed as first name last name.
    • If there are 3 or more authors, only list the first author followed by et al. (Latin for "and others").
  • The title of the article is in Title Case
  • The title of the journal is in italics and Title Case
  • The volume number is noted with vol.
  • The issue number is noted with no.
  • Only the year is included for academic journal articles
  • Page numbers are noted with pp.
    • Omit the first sets of repeated digits. Pages 225 to 251 would be notated as pp. 225-51
    • A single page is notated as a single p.
  • The DOI can be formatted as a link ( or as a number (DOI: 10.1111/jan.15480). If there is no DOI, use a permalink from the Library Search item record or the database you found it in.
  • Create a half-inch hanging indent

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  • Export directly from Library Search, databases, Google Scholar, etc.
  • Enter citation information manually or edit what is automatically generated
  • Sort your citations and sources into folders and use tags
  • Use the built-in PDF reader to take notes directly on documents
  • Download the Microsoft Word plugin to create citations and bibliographies in your documents