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MLA Style Citation Guide: Citing Websites

Reflects the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (8th ed.)

Citing Websites in MLA Style: Basic Format

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.

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Citing websites in MLA style is similar to citing books or periodicals: the difference is that the information you're looking for may be absent or harder to find.  In general, when citing a website, try to find as much of the following information as possible, then insert it into the basic format (Above).  Omit what you cannot find.  Remember you are not required to provide the URL, but you may opt to if your professor desires or if you're having difficulty finding information for the citation.  

  • Author and/or editor names (if available)
  • Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)
  • Title of the Website, project, or book in italics. (Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names. They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information, like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)
  • Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.
  • Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
  • Take note of any page numbers (if available).
  • Medium of publication.
  • Date you accessed the material.
  • URL (if required, or for your own personal reference; MLA does not require a URL).

 

 

Examples

Examples MLA 8th Edition

Web site with author or editor

Cremonese, Rocco. English LibGuide. Bailey Library, 2016, sru.libguides.com/English

Web site with organization as author

Slippery Rock University. Welcome to Slippery Rock, 2015, http://www.sru.edu/PublicRelations/community/Pages/welcome.aspx

Web site with no author

The Chic Clique. University of Fashion, 2012, www.fashion.com/chicclique

Website with no title

Thoms, Ned. Home Page. Slippery Rock U, 2013, www.sru.edu/home

Short Work from a Website (I.E. Blog Post)

Radcliffe, David. "Rethinking Office Space." Official Google Blog, 27 Feb. 2015, http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2015/02/rethinking-office-space.html

(Note: If you're citing a blog post or a comment without a title, use "Blog post" or "Blog comment" as the title.