How to Cite a Magazine

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Whether you are writing a research paper for school or an article for the Internet or print market, it's useful to know how to cite a magazine. You would cite a magazine if you're referring to information in a magazine article and need to give proper credit. With a few simple steps, you can learn how to cite a magazine like a pro.

  • List the author's name first. The last name should come first, then a comma, and then the first name and a period. For example Smith, John. If the author has a suffix to their name such as Jr. or Sr., then it would come after the last name, like Smith Jr., John. If there are two authors of the magazine article, then the first author's name would be listed as stated, with a comma after it, the word "and," and then the second author's first and last name. For example: Smith Jr., John, and Mary Johnson.

  • Write down the title of the article as it appears in the magazine, with a period at the end, and place the title within quotation marks. Your magazine citing should now look like this: Smith, John. "The History of the Civil War."

  • Underline the title of the publication where the article was published. There should be a space between the article title and the name of the publication, and only the publication should be underlined like this: Smith, John. "The History of the Civil War." History Today--History Today would be underlined.

  • Place the date of the publication after the underlined name. It should be listed with the day first, then month, and then year with a colon after it, like this: Smith, John. "The History of the Civil War." History Today <underlined> 15 May 2008:

  • Lastly, list the pages of the article with a period after them. For example: Smith, John. "The History of the Civil War." History Today <underlined> 15 May 2008: 12-15.

Tips & Warnings

  • Type up a citation as soon as you reference the magazine article, so you don't forget to add it to your list of resources later.
  • If you are writing a paper for school, citing methods are critical. If not followed exactly, your grade may be lowered.
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