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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 7th Edition): Websites

Formatting

Note: For your Works Cited list, all citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

Tips

Author

It can sometimes be difficult to find out who the author of a website is. Remember that an author can be a corporation or group, not only a specific person. Author information can sometimes be found under an "About" section on a website.

If there is no known author, start the citation with the title of the website instead.

Date

The best date to use for a website is the date that the content was last updated. Otherwise look for a copyright or original publication date. Unfortunately this information may not be provided or may be hard to find. Often date information is put on the bottom of the pages of a website.

If you do not know the complete date, put as much information as you can find. For example you may have a year but no month or day.

If there is no date provided, put the letters n.d. where you'd normally put the date.

Publisher/Sponsoring Organization

Publishers or sponsoring organizations are usually listed at the bottom of the website. When none is listed, write n.p.

Page on a Website Created by a Corporation, Institution, or Group

Name of Corporation/Group/Organization. "Title of Section." Title of Website. Publisher or Sponsoring Organization, Date of publication or last modified date. Format. Access date.

Note: Check the bottom of the website for the publisher or sponsoring organization. When there is none, use the initials n.p.

Works Cited List Example

Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. "Canadian Standards on Quality Control." Chartered Accountants of Canada. Global Accounting Alliance, n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2013.

Note: Check the bottom of the website for the copyright date or the day last modified/updated. When there is none, use the initials n.d.

In-Text Citation Example

(Name of Corporation/Group/Organization)

(Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants)

Website with a Known Author

Author's Last Name, First Name. Title of Website. Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Mabillard, Amanda. Shakespeare Online. n.p., 29 Dec. 2011. Web. 5 Jan. 2013.

Note: If there is no organization affiliated with the website, write n.p. for "no publisher."

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Mabillard)

Page or Document on a Website with a Known Author

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Page or Document." Title of Website. Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Poncelet, Barbara. "Mom Am I Fat?: Helping Your Teen Have a Positive Body Image." About.com. n.p., 23 Apr. 2009. Web. 21 Feb. 2013.

Note: If there is no organization affiliated with the website, write n.p. for "no publisher."

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Poncelet)

Page or Document on a Website with an Unknown Author

"Title of Page or Document." Title of Website. Name of Organization Affiliated with the Website, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

"How to Play Guitar." eHow. np., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.

Note: When there is no author of the website listed, begin with the title of the website.

If there is no organization affiliated with the website, write n.p. for "no publisher."

No date could be found for the website so n.d. is used where you'd normally put the date.

In-Text Citation Example

("Title of Page or Document")

("How to Play Guitar")

Note: There is no author, so the title (or an abbreviated version of the title) is used in the in-text citation, in quotation marks, as it appears in the Works Cited List Example above.

Government Document From a Website

Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee. "Title of Document: Subtitle if Given." Edition if given and is not first edition. Name of Government, Publication date. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Competition Bureau Canada. "Competition Bureau Challenges Weight Loss Claims Made by Quebec Companies." Govt. of Canada, 28 June 2005. Web. 11 Mar. 2013.

Note: Government is abbreviated to Govt.

In-Text Citation Example

(Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee)

Example: (Competition Bureau Canada)

Blog Post

Author's Last Name, First Name or Username if real name not provided. "Title of Blog Post." Name of Blog, Date of Post. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Cox, Sarah. "Losing Weight and Motivation." My Version of Healthy Living, 26 Sept. 2011. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Cox)

Note: Blog posts have no page numbers, paragraph numbers or section headings so this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Wikipedia

"Title of Entry." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Date last modified. Web. Access date.

Note: The date the article was last modified appears at the bottom of each Wikipedia article.

Wikipedia may not be considered an acceptable source for a college or university assignment. Be sure to evaluate the content carefully and check your assignment.

Works Cited List Example

"Body Image." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 7 July 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

("Title of Entry")

("Body Image")

Note: If a dictionary or encyclopedia entry has no author, the in-text citation should include the title of the entry. The title of the entry should be in quotation marks, with each word starting with a capital letter.

Facebook

Author Last Name, First Name. "Text of post." Date of Post, Time of Post. Facebook. Web. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Morrison, Toni. "Nobel laureate Morrison on race in contemporary America" 7 Oct. 2012, 9:23 a.m. Facebook. Web. 1 Aug. 2013.

Note: Write out the actual post in the citation and keep spelling and grammar the same as in the original, even if there are errors.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Morrison)

Note: When quoting the Facebook post, beside grammatical and spelling errors in the original post, write [sic] in square brackets to indicate the errors are not your own. E.g., if the post was "It isn't you're fault the media is violent", write: "It isn't you're [sic] fault the media is violent."

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