MLA Referencing

Magazines or Newspaper Articles

At the end of your assignment, essay or project you are required to include a reference list containing the full details of each source. The list should be in alphabetical order and include the author/editor, date, title and publication information. References over one line long should use a hanging indent to indent the second and following lines.



Blue, Laura. "Preventing Preemies." Time 3 Aug. 2009: 24-27. Print.

(Do not put in a volume or issue number even if the magazine has them)

In-text citation (Blue 26)



Jeffery, Tim. "A Consummate Performance." Seahorse International Sailing Aug.

     2009: 34-37. Print.

(Do not put in volume or issue numbers even if the magazine has them)

In-text citation (Jeffery 35)





Print version

Orsman, Bernard and Gareth Vaughan. "Rat Blamed for Latest Telecom

     Blackout." The New Zealand Herald 21 June 2005, A3. Print.

In-text citation (Orsman and Vaughan A3) 


Internet version

Orsman, Bernard and Gareth Vaughan. "Rat Blamed for Latest Telecom 

     Blackout." The New Zealand Herald. New Zealand Herald. 21 June 2005. Web.

     5 Aug. 2009

(The name New Zealand Herald appears twice, once in italics as the name of the Newspaper followed by the name of the website not in italics)


In-text citation (Orsman and Vaughan) 


Electronic version taken from a subscription database 


Orsman, Bernard and Gareth Vaughan. "Rat Blamed for Latest Telecom

     Blackout." The New Zealand Herald 21 June 2005, p. A3. NewzText Plus.

     Web. 5 Aug. 2009

 In-text citation (Orsman and Vaughan A3) 




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Things to remember

Authors' names :

1st Author should be referenced as Surname, First name Middle name  e.g.  Porter, Katherine Anne

Initials should only be used if that is what appears on the title page e.g. Rowling, J. K.

2nd and 3rd Authors should be referenced First name Middle name Surname e.g.

Press, Frank and Raymond Siever


Italics : Magazine or newspaper titles should be in italics.  The title of the article should not be in italics. 

If you are referencing an electronic article from a subscription database or website, the database or website name should be in italics.


Capitalization : All the major words in a title should be capitalized.


URL :  URLs do not need to be included in your reference unless you do not think the item could be found easily through a web search. If you do include a URL put it in angled brackets. If you need to split it over two lines, only split at a slash (/) e.g.




Format : MLA requires the type of format you accessed the material in to be included in the reference. 

If you are using a hardcopy of a newspaper or magazine put Print.

If you have accessed the article via the internet or a subscription database put Web.


Secondary Sources : You can only reference information that you have actually seen.  If that book or journal article quotes another piece of work which you also want to quote, you need to cite the information as a secondary citation.

For example you read a book by Sandvoss, in which he quotes Taylor: "Ian Taylor's influential analysis (1971) in which he identifies hooliganism as a response to social control..."

If you have not read the item by Taylor you would reference the Sandvoss book.

Sandvoss, Cornel. A Game of Two Halves: Football, Television and Globalization. London: Routledge. 2003. Print.

In text citation (qtd. in Sandvoss 2)