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MLA Citation Template
Author, Firstname. "Title of the Article: Subtitle of the Article." Name of the Publication, vol. #, no. #issue, Mon. YYYY, pp. X-Y. Name of the Database, url/doi.
Brandhuber, Philip. “Manage Water Quality to Control Lead in Drinking Water: Water Utilities Can Develop an Effective Lead Corrosion Control Strategy by Controlling Water Quality.” Opflow Online, vol. 44, no. 1, Jan. 2018, pp. 16–19. Sustainability Reference Center, doi:10.5991/OPF.2018.44.0002.
Ramírez, Santiago R., et al. "Intraspecific Geographic Variation of Fragrances Acquired by Orchid Bees in Native and Introduced Populations." Journal of Chemical Ecology, vol. 36, no. 8, 2010, pp. 873-84. ProQuest SciTech Premium Collection, doi:10.1007/s10886-010-9821-3.
Zhe, Tan, et al. "Polyamide Membranes with Nanoscale Turing Structures for Water Purification." Science, vol. 360, no. 6388, 4 May 2018, pp. 518-521. Science Online, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar6308.
Watch Out For...
- Italics vs Quotes: Article titles go inside quotation marks. Large, complete works like the title of the publishing journal and the database, belong in italics.
- Capitalization: Article titles should appear in title case, with all the major words (not the, of, and, etc) capitalized. The first word after a colon (if it has one) should be capitalized, too.
- Authors: how many do you need?
- One author - easy: Smith, John.
- Two authors - name both, but the second name won't be reversed: Smith, John, and Jane Doe.
- Three or more authors - name only the first author followed by et al: Smith, John, et al.
- ALL CAPS: sometimes the databases will do something silly by displaying the name of the article or the author's name in capslock. Do not imitate that in your citation!