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Citation Resources: Articles

Works Cited Core Elements

Create your Works Cited list by following MLA style's core elements:

Include access dates in MLA's optional field. It is required by your professors.

Citations in your paper should be formatted in a black or grayscale font.

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URL Citations

DOI logoInclude a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to an online journal article when possible.

If no DOI is available, include a URL without http:// or https:// 

Permanent link logoOn a database, use the permanent link or permalink.

Include an access date at the end of a citation. Your professor requires it.

Basic Article Citation

Basic Article Citation

Note: the last three fields above are for online resources and constitute what  MLA calls a "second container".

Example | Journal Article in Print

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Example | Journal Article with DOI

Journal Article with DOICover image of Christianity & Literature

Example | Journal Article without DOI

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