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MLA 9th Edition Citations Guide - Maple Woods

Welcome! Nervous about MLA citations? This is the place for you! Information about in-text citations, bibliography format, and general rules of practice for citations in academia!

General Format: Scholarly Article in Library Database

Author Last Name, First Name. "Capitalized Title of Article." Capitalized and Italicized Journal Title, vol. #, no. #, year, page

numbers. Capitalized and Italicized Name of Database, URL OR DOI.



McKibben, Bill. “Climate Change.” Foreign Policy, no. 170, 2009, pp. 32–38. JSTOR,


In-Text Citation, Direct Quote Example:

"..." (McKibben 34).


*Notes: If the article is within the database (html or PDF), continue to cite the database. However, if instead there is a link to a website (like, cite as if it's from the website, not the database. 

*For multiple authors, follow the same guidelines as for books.