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Religion in the World: REL 0863 / ASST 0863

A library course guide for this General Education course

Citing Online Journals in MLA Format

But first, what is meant by citation? Writing a citation is a particular way you will provide information about the identity and origin of a book, article, report, piece of music, a film, an online reference source, etc., and your citation will tell us where we can find it. Most often for books, the citation is a line or two that includes the author (last name, then first name), the publication date, the title of the book, and the publishing company and its city and state location. For articles, it also includes the author, the title of the article (usually between quotation marks), the journal name (italicized or underlined), the year and month of publication, the volume and issue numbers, and its total page numbers. There are several styles that can be used in writing the citation of an item. This guide uses the Modern Language Association (MLA) format.

Basic Format

Author(s). "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): page numbers. Medium of publication (Print or Web). Name of Database. Date you accessed it.


Article with One Author

Hammer, Juliane. "Gender Justice in a Prayer: American Muslim Women’s Exegesis, Authority, and Leadership." Hawwa 8.1 (2010): 26-54. ATLA Religion Database with ATLASerials. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.

Article with Multiple Authors

Morgan, Tanja N., Cheryl A. Hampton, Shanise Davenport, Ellen Young, Diane M. Badzinski, Kathy Brittain Richardson, and Robert H. Woods. "Sacred Symbols with a Secular Beat? A Content Analysis of Religious and Sexual Imagery in Modern Rock, Hip Hop, Christian, and Country Music Videos." Journal of Religion and Popular Culture 24.3 (2012): 432-48. Academic OneFile. Web. 19 Feb. 2015.