A final Note about Works Cited Entries:

Sometimes you may have difficulty deciding whether a source has been published in a magazine or a scholarly journal; after all, the word “journal” appears in the names of some magazines (for example, Library Journal).  Here are some tips that can help you:

  • Kind of paper (especially useful if you have a hard copy). Magazines are printed on glossy paper, scholarly journals on matte paper.
  • Graphics: magazines print color graphics; if a journal article has graphics, they will be black and white and usually in the form of tables or graphs.
  • Citations: only rarely will magazines have in-text citations and bibliographies; journals will almost always have them.
  • Advertisements: magazines usually have color advertisements; if journals have ads, they will be for other works published by the same publisher as the journal.

This page links to “MLA Sample Works Cited Page” by Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab.

“12.4 MLA Citation: Final Notes”  has been edited by Brendan Shapiro/a derivative of an original work by Emilie Zickel and John Brentar, which is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 /


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