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MLA 9 Citation Style: Journals/Newspapers

WCCC Student's Guide to MLA 9

General Information About Journals

Sometimes your professors will tell you that you need to use scholarly resources, scholarly articles, and/or peer-reviewed sources. What your professors usually mean is that they want you to use the library's databases.  However, if you come across a journal article online, you need to determine whether that articles comes from a scholarly journal, a popular magazine, or a trade journal.  When you are doing research for your academic assignments, you want to use scholarly (academic) journals rather than popular magazines or trade journals. Here's how you can tell the difference:




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