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MLA Citation Style Guide: Document from a Web Site

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Document from a Web site

(p. 84-87, 219-221)

Hints:

  1. If there is no sponsoring institution or publisher, use n.p.
  2. If there is no date of publication, use n.d.
  3. Include a URL of the source’s homepage only if your reader would not be able to locate the source without it.

For citation examples for documents from Government websites look under the Other Sources tab.       

General Format 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname page or paragraph number(s))
 
      Works Cited:
      Author Surname, First Name. "Title of the Work." Title of Site. Name of sponsoring
 
            institution or publisher, Day Month Year of Publication. Medium. Date of
 
            Access [Day Month Year]. <URL optional>.
    
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Quade par. 5)
     
      Works Cited:
      Quade, Alex. “Elite Team Rescues Troops behind Enemy Lines.” CNN.com.
 
            Cable News Network, 19 Mar. 2007. Web. 19 June 2009.
 
Example 2 (Document or Work within a Scholarly Project)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Coston)
     
      Works Cited:
      Carney Coston, Barbara, prod.  “Faces of Freedom.” The Underground Railroad.
 
          National Geographic, n.d. Web. 29 June 2009.
 
Example 3 (Document or Work from an Organization's Website)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Zauber par. 6)
    
      Works Cited:
      Zauber, Karen.  “Management Tips for New Teachers: Bringing Order to the
 
            Classroom.” National Education Association. NEA, 2003. Web. 30 June 2009. 

Document from a Web Site with No Author

Hints:
  1. If there is no sponsoring institution or publisher, use n.p.
  2. If there is no date of publication, use n.d.
  3. Use the title of the work that you are using as part of the parenthetical citation. 
    If the title is long, use a shortened version.  
  4. Include a URL of the source’s homepage only if your instructor requires it, or if your reader would not be able to locate the source without it.       
For citation examples for documents from Government websites look under the Other Sources tab.
 
General Format 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Title of Work page or paragraph number(s))
 
      Works Cited:
      "Title of the Work." Title of Site. Name of sponsoring institution
 
            or publisher, Day Month Year of Publication. Medium. Date of Access

          [Day Month Year]. <URL optional>.
    
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
    (“Air Force” par. 5)
     
      Works Cited:
      "Air Force Petroleum Agency: Printable Fact Sheet." U.S. Air Force. 
 
            United States Air Force. 3 Jan. 2011. Web. 9 Aug. 2011.

Newspaper Article from a Web Site

(p.184-187)

 General Format 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname page or paragraph number)
 
      Works Cited:
      Author Surname, First Name. “Article Title: Subtitle.” Newspaper Website Title.

            Site Publisher Name. Publication Date [Day Month Year]. Medium.
 
            Date of Access [Day Month Year]. <URL optional>
 
Example
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (McNeil par. 5)
 
      Works Cited:
      McNeil, Donald G. “U.S. Lags in Global Measure of Premature Births.”
 
            New York Times. New York Times. 2 May 2012. Web. 15 May 2012.