How do I cite a scholarly journal article from a library database using MLA citation style?


MLA 9th ed. Work Cited Entries for Scholarly Journal Articles from a Library Database with In-Text Citations.


The citation for a scholarly journal article from a library database with two authors, and a digital object identifier (DOI). Please note that journal and database titles are in italics.

(Lamont and Kennelly 239)

Lamont, Matthew, and Millicent Kennelly. “A Qualitative Exploration of Participant Motives among Committed Amateur Triathletes.” Leisure Sciences, vol. 34, no. 3, May 2012, pp. 236–255. Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, https://doi:10.1080/01490400.2012.669685. Accessed 21 Apr. 2010.

The citation for a scholarly journal article with three or more authors should include only the first author and the phrase, "et al."  When an article lacks a DOI, please include the URL address or permalink. This example uses a permalink.

(West et al. 33)

West, Julia, et al. “How Motivated Are You? Exploring the Differences between Motivational Profiles and Personality Traits.” Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, vol. 12, no. 1, Mar. 2016, pp. 28–42. Academic Search Complete, Accessed 21 Apr. 2020.


Note: et al. is Latin for “and others.”


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