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Journalism: Citing Sources/MLA 8th

This guide is designed to assist students locate resources in order to conduct research for journalistic articles

What is MLA Citation?

MLA stands for the Modern Language Association, which is an organization that focuses on language and literature.

“All fields of research agree on the need to document scholarly borrowings, but documentation conventions vary because of the different needs of scholarly disciplines. MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature. … MLA style features brief parenthetical citations in the text keyed to an alphabetical list of works cited that appears at the end of the work.”

From: "What is MLA Style." MLA. 2 March 2021. WayBackMachine Accessed 14 April 2021.

There have not been many changes in documenting sources in MLA 9th edition. According to the Modern Language Association: "The ninth edition retains the MLA’s unique system of documentation established in the eighth edition. New to the ninth edition are hundreds of additional example citations and visuals; expanded guidance on formatting papers, citing sources, quoting and paraphrasing, and avoiding plagiarism; and entirely new sections on inclusive language, annotated bibliographies, and notes."

Citing Sources-Diagrammed Citations

Example of a scholarly article:

Color-Coded Diagram of Scholarly Journal Article Citation Example

Sample MLA Paper Revised January 28, 2022

How to Cite Media (Film, TV, Streaming, Music, Film Reviews)

MLA Style Center

How to cite a table and figure

Documenting Legal Citations in MLA 8th

MLA 8th Guide to Citation (ADA)

MLA 8th In-Text Citation

MLA in-text & parenthetical citations | EasyBib (6.07 Minute Video)

MLA and In-Text Citations



Chart from EasyBibMLA Chart of MLA Citations within the paper

MLA Practice Template

At Manhattanville College, we have decided to include access dates for content retrieved online.

Using MLA Format (From the MLA Style Center)

MLA 8th Edition

Cited: An Accessible Citation App

END OF PAPER CHECKLIST-Columbia College, Vancouver Canada





Representing Evaluation in Your Writing

How to Cite a Scholarly Journal Article (6.15 Minutes)