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Assignment | Argument with Research (P. Khalaf): MLA Format

ENGL 1302 | Prof. Paula Khalaf (Spring 2024)

Example Citations: Scholarly Articles from a Database

One Author

Massaro, John. "Press Box Propaganda? The Cold War and Sports Illustrated, 1956." Journal of American Culture, vol. 26, no. 3, 2003, pp. 361-70. Academic Search Complete,,cpid&custid=s1088435&db=a9h&AN=10351835&site=ehost-live.

In-text citation: (Massaro). (Massaro 365). (Massaro 361-2).


Two Authors

Frimer, Jeremy A., and Linda J. Skitka. “Are Politically Diverse Thanksgiving Dinners Shorter than Politically Uniform Ones?” PLoS ONE, vol. 15, no. 10, Oct. 2020, pp. 1–27. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0239988.

Parenthetical citation:  (Frimer and Skitka). (Frimer and Skitka 13).


Jackson, Michael, and Paul Lieber. “Countering Disinformation: Are We Our Own Worst Enemy?” The Cyber Defense Review, vol. 5, no. 2, 2020, pp. 45–56. JSTOR,

Parenthetical citation: (Jackson and Liber). (Jackson and Lieber 50).

Three or More Authors

Margolin, Sara J., et al. “E-Readers, Computer Screens, or Paper: Does Reading Comprehension Change Across Media Platforms?” Applied Cognitive Psychology, vol. 27, no. 4, July 2013, pp. 512–519. Academic Search Complete, doi:10.1002/acp.2930.

Parenthetical citation: (Margolin et al.). (Margolin et al. 514).

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In-Text vs Works Cited Citations

Every time you refer to information that is not your original conclusion and is not common knowledge, you must give credit to where that information comes from. (Whether it's quoted OR paraphrased!)

You will typically note in parentheses the author's/authors' names and relevant page number, if available.


Connecting the in-text citation with your works cited page: author's name in-text connects with the first author listed on the works cited

No-Author Sources

When there's no author, your citation starts with the article title, and your in-text citation will use that.

It's all about making it easy for your reader to make a one-to-one connection by just skimming down the left edge of the Works Cited page.

Example of in-text vs Works Cited, when there's no author: the first few words of the article title form the connection instead of an author's name