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Citing an Academic Journal in MLA

by Maggie Lourdes, Demand Media

    The Modern Language Association publishes the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, which is commonly followed in the humanities and liberal arts. It sets forth citation rules for academic or scholarly journals. Writers should properly cite outside sources used to support their work to avoid allegations of plagiarism.

    Full Citations

    The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.) requires a citation for an academic journal piece to begin with the author's last and first name. The artice's title, journal name, volume number and parenthentical year of publication follow. The page numbers referenced and publication medium round out the citation. For example, Butterworth, James. "Gay and Lesbian Youth: A Study of Teen Suicide Rates." Breckenridge College Journal for Diversity. 17. (2013). 12-20. Print.

    In-Text Citations

    MLA requires the author's last name and page reference for an academic journal in-text citation. For example, "Gay and lesbian teens have high suicide rates." (Butterworth 12). If the author's name is used in the sentence, only a parenthetical page number is required. For example, According to Butterworth, gay and lesbian teens suffer high suicide rates. (page 12).

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    About the Author

    Maggie Lourdes is a full-time attorney in southeast Michigan. She teaches law at Cleary University in Ann Arbor and online for National University in San Diego. Her writing has been featured in "Realtor Magazine," the N.Y. State Bar's "Health Law Journal," "Oakland County Legal News," "Michigan Probate & Estate Planning Journal," "Eye Spy Magazine" and "Surplus Today" magazine.

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