How To Write A Bibliography For An Article In A Magazine

Access Date

For all content found on the Web, you must list the date you first viewed the resource. This comes last in a citation. The exception to this rule is that you do not list access date for content found in library databases.


An author can be a person but can also be an organization, or company. These are called group or corporate authors.

Database Names

The name of the database will usually appear at the top of the search screen. Note that ProQuest and EBSCOhost are NOT database names, they are database providers. The name of the database will appear separately.

If you have used the function to search multiple databases at once and therefore do not know the individual database name, enter the name of the database provider (e.g. ProQuest) as the database.


The format of all dates is: Date Month (shortened) Year. E.g. 5 Sept. 2012.

Page Numbers

If no page number is listed, write n. pag. in the Works Cited list.

If the entire article is only one page, do not include a page number in the in-text citation.

If the article appears on non-consecutive pages (e.g., the article starts on page 5 then continues on page 12), write the first page number and a plus (+) sign. E.g., 5+


Capitalize the first letter of every important word in the title. You do not need to capitalize words such as: in, of, or an.

If there is a colon (:) in the title, include what comes after the colon (also known as the subtitle).

MLA Magazine Article Citations from a Database

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced.
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but your should be indented.

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Article.” Name of Magazine, volume number, issue number, date of online publication, page numbers. Name of Database, URL (Permalink) or doi number.


Ansari, Aziz, and Charlotte Alter. “Love in the Age of Like.” Time, vol. 185, no. 22, 15 June 2015, pp. 40-46. Academic Search Premier,

Lyons, Chritina L. "Child Welfare: Should More be Done to Protect Children?" CQ Researcher, vol. 26, no. 29, 26 Aug. 2016, CQ Researcher Online,

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