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Humanities: Print Sources

Scholarly Articles in Print

Articles With Volume and Issue Number

Smith-Rosenberg, Carroll. "The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations

         between Women in Nineteenth-Century America." Signs,  vol. 1, no. 1,  Autumn 1975, pp. 1-30.


Jensen, Joan M., and Darlis A. Miller. "The Gentle Tamers Revisited: New

         Approaches to the History of Women in the American West." Pacific

         Historical Review, vol. 49, no. 2, May 1980, pp. 173-213.


Article With Only Issue Number

Michaels, Walter Benn. "An American Tragedy, or the Promise of American Life."

         Representations, no. 25, Winter 1989, pp. 71-98.



With One Author


Hodes, Martha Elizabeth. The Sea Captain’s Wife: A True Story of Love, Race, and

      War in the Nineteenth-Century. Norton, 2006.


With Two Authors


Peavy, Linda S., and Ursula Smith. Women in Waiting in the Western Movement:

     Life on the Home Frontier.  U of Oklahoma P, 1994.


With Three or More Authors


Brodsky, Phyllis L., et al. The Control of Childbirth: Women Versus Medicine

     Through the Ages. McFarland & Co., 2008.


With an Editor & Edition Statement


Gordon, Michael, editor. The American Family in Social-Historical Perspective.

     2nd ed., St. Martin’s Press, 1978.



Please note:


New Rules for abbreviation of publishers’ names: 

Omit –

articles (A, An, The)

business abbreviations (Co., Corp., Inc.)

descriptive terms (Books, House, Press, Publishers)


Keep a university press’s P (for Press)

                        Use standard MLA abbreviations for other words,

                        like University



                        W.W. Norton

                        University of Oklahoma Press

                        McFarland & Co.

                        St. Martin’s Press


With an Author

Smith, John. “Women Gather for Education.” Helena Independent 4 Dec. 1889: 1.



Without an Author


“Montana: Same Sex Parental Rights.” New York Times 1 Oct. 2008, late ed.:

       A8. Print.


Article Published Monthly

Barsanti, Amy B. “A Collage of Western Women.” OAH Magazine of History

Nov. 2005: 41-43. Print.

Article Published Weekly

Jason, Sonya. “From Gunpowder Girl to Working Women.” Newsweek

23 Feb. 2004: 20. Print.

Article Without an Author

“Celebrate Women’s History Month.” Reading Today Feb. 2007: 48. Print.

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Tips That Help

Follow the style guide – ALWAYS.   Don’t agonize about why the guide tells you to do something, just do it!


Be consistent.  If the style guide says to use italics for the title of the book or journal (and MLA does) use italics ALWAYS.


Don’t mix style guides.  MLA and APA cannot be used simultaneously in a paper.  Choose one and stick to it.


If you don’t know how to cite a particular source, look it up.  The style guide has thought of nearly every type of source.


Print off, save, or copy the citation of the source you consulted, when you consult it. Don’t say, “I’ll do it later,” or “I am not sure I want to use this source, I’ll go back to it if I do.”  Going back later without the citation is often impossible.