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Citation Guide: Scholarly Journal Articles

Help with citing your sources for a research paper.

Essential Elements

Scholarly article citations should include the following information:

  • Authors names
  • Year of publication
  • Title of article
  • Title of journal
  • Volume of journal
  • Page number(s) of article

For electronic sources, you may also need:

  • The DOI (if available)
  • The URL address of the journal publisher

Sample Citations - Scholarly Articles

Article in a print journal

N:
8. John Maynard Smith, “The Origin of Altruism,” Nature 393 (1998): 639.
B:
Smith, John Maynard. “The Origin of Altruism.” Nature 393 (1998): 639–40. 



Article in an online journal

N:
33. Mark A. Hlatky et al., "Quality-of-Life and Depressive Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women after Receiving Hormone Therapy: Results from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) Trial," Journal of the American Medical Association 287, no. 5 (2002), http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n5/rfull/joc10108.html#aainfo (accessed January 7, 2004).
B:
Hlatky, Mark A., Derek Boothroyd, Eric Vittinghoff, Penny Sharp, and Mary A. Whooley. "Quality-of-Life and Depressive Symptoms in Postmenopausal Women after Receiving Hormone Therapy: Results from the Heart and Estrogen/Progestin Replacement Study (HERS) Trial." Journal of the American Medical Association 287, no. 5 (February 6, 2002), http://jama.ama-assn.org/issues/v287n5/rfull/joc10108.html#aainfo (accessed January 7, 2004).