Journal Article


In this exercise you will locate an article from a peer-reviewed academic journal. This should be an article that is related to your research paper. You can search for an article using one of three following databases:

1) Project MUSE –
2) JSTOR –

Or if the particular discipline of your research paper is not well-represented in either of these databases, you may search for an article here:

3) Google Scholar –

You must find an article with the full-text version. We will review in class how to get to these databases through the NYCCT library website to ensure that you have full access.

Once you have found an article, you are to do two things.

1) Write down the full citation of the article in MLA style. You may need to consult Purdue Owl or the Bedford St. Martin’s site in order to get the citation done properly.

2) Skim over the article and write a brief summary of the article (about 100 words) and how it relates to your research paper.

The final citation will need to be done in the proper MLA format for an online scholarly publication. The basic format for a journal article is this:

Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Journal Volume.Issue (Year): pages. Medium of publication.

Since these articles will be from the web, the citation should also include the database where you found it, and the access date.

If you find the article directly from the journal’s website it will look like this:

Wheelis, Mark. “Investigating Disease Outbreaks Under a Protocol to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.” Emerging Infectious Diseases 6.6 (2000): 595-600. Web. 8 Feb. 2009.

If you find it through a database then it will look like this:

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal 50.1 (2007): 173-96. ProQuest. Web. 27 May 2009.

[All the above examples are from the Purdue Owl site. ]

Once you have finished citing and summarizing the article, print out a final copy for me (if the printer is working), or email it to me in a document so that all of the formatting remains intact.

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