How to Reference "The Lancet"

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"The Lancet" is a medical journal that publishes articles both online and in print. As with any other source of information, you must cite "The Lancet" in your reference list if you use it as a source of information for your paper. The exact form your citation will take depends on whether you are referencing the website or the print journal, and whether you are adhering to American Psychological Association (APA) or Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines.

  • Format your citation in the following format if you are referencing a print article from "The Lancet" and following APA style guidelines: Author's Last, F. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages.

    For example: Smith, L. (2011). Incidence and clearance of genital human papillomavirus infection in men. The Lancet, 377(9769), 932-940.

    Make sure that the title of the journal is italicized. Capitalize only the first word of the article title, as well as the first letters of proper nouns.

  • Format your citation in the following format if you are referencing an online article from "The Lancet" and following APA style guidelines: Author's Last, F. (Year of Publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number). Retrieved from http://www.webaddress.com

    For example: Smith, L. (2011). Incidence and clearance of genital human papillomavirus infection in men. The Lancet, 377(9769). Retrieved from http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2962342-2/fulltext

  • Format your citation in the following format if you are referencing a print article from "The Lancet" and following MLA style guidelines: Author's Last, First. "Title of Article." Title of Journal volume number.issue number (Year of Publication): pages. Medium of Publication.

    For example: Smith, Larry. "Incidence and Clearance of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men." The Lancet 377.9769 (2011): 932-940. Print.

    Italicize the name of the journal and the volume number.

  • Format your citation in the following format if you are referencing an article from "The Lancet" website and following MLA style guidelines: Author's Last, First. "Title of Article." Title of Journal volume number.issue number (Year of Publication): pages. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

    For example: Smith, Larry. "Incidence and Clearance of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men." The Lancet 377.9769 (2011): 932-940. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.

    If the article only appears on the website and does not also appear in print, use "n. pag." instead of page numbers. For example: Smith, Larry. "Incidence and Clearance of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men." The Lancet 377.9769 (2011): n. pag. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.

    MLA style no longer requires the use of URLs. However, if you would like to include a web address, enclose it in brackets at the end of your citation. For example:

    Smith, Larry. "Incidence and Clearance of Genital Human Papillomavirus Infection in Men." The Lancet 377.9769 (2011): 932-940. Web. 21 Apr. 2011.

    <http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2810%2962342-2/fulltext>

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