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MLA Help: Web Sites

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Formatting is important! 

√   Double-space within and between each entry.

√   The first line of each source starts at the left margin and all lines after are indented five space.  (Called a hanging indent)

General Information

When citing web sites and the articles and pages within them, your citation should include the following information.

the author (if named)

title of article or page within the web site (in quotation marks)

name of the web site (italics)

publisher or sponsor. If no publisher is available, use the initials N.p.

document date or date of the last revision.  If no date is available, use the initials n.d.

the medium (Web)

the date you accessed the site


Web Sites

Important note:  MLA no longer requires including the URL of a web site.  However, your instructor may require it.  Be sure to check with your instructor and always follow their instructions.

Basic Citation Set-Up

Author last name, first name. "Title of article or page of web site." Name of website. Publisher of website, Date. Format. Day Month Year website accessed.


Professional or Personal Site

 Gilbert, Steve., 2004. Web. 24 Nov. 2008.

Entire website with no author History Link, 2007. Web. 24 Sept. 2008. 

Hoover's Online. Hoover's, Inc., 2007. Web. 5 June 2008.

Page or article within a web site, no sponsor or publisher, no date

 Pasold, Lisa. "Paris Architecture Explained." Paris Notes. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Sept. 2008.

Page or article within a website, no author:

"Darfur Attacks Risk Aid Pullout." BBC. British Broadcasting Corporation, 24 Sept. 2007. Web. 25 Sept. 2008.

Article from a newspaper or magazine's website

Stour, David. "Supreme Court to Hear Case on Voter ID Law." New York Times. New York Times, 25 Sept. 2007. Web. 25 Sept. 2008.

Yoffe, Emily. "What Kids Like to Do Online." Slate. Washington Post Company, 14 Sept. 2007. Web. 24 Sept. 2008.