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.
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.
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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- MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th ed.)
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