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How to Read a Citation

A guide to help you figure out how to decipher a citation, in any style!

Citations for Magazines & Newspapers

The previous citation was for a periodical article in a scholarly journal. Popular magazines and newspapers are also periodicals, but their citations differ as they are usually cited by date rather than by volume and issue number. Here are some examples:

A popular magazine article formatted in the MLA style:


Newspapers are also cited by date, and include the section and page number. Here is an example formatted in the MLA style:

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