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Citation Guide

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in research papers.

How to Cite WEBSITES

For more information on citing common electronic sources, see the MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications) page at Purdue OWL.

MLA Web Site Citation
Web sites do not include subscription databases

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your Works Cited list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented

Last Name, First Name Middle Initial. "Title of Content." Name of Website, Publisher if different from name of website, Date published or updated, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.

URLs included in citations should omit http://.

Date of access is not required, but it is strongly recommended as websites are subject to change over time.

Examples:
"Zion National Park." Google Maps, www.google.com/maps/place/Zion+National+Park/@37.3222826,-113.1833199,11z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80caead08844f8d9:0x7c2e3a15aa3656f5!8m2!3d37.2982022!4d-113.0263005. Accessed 9 Nov. 2016.

Reber, Ed, ed. Online Writing Lab. Dixie State College, 2 May 2013, dsc.dixie.edu/owl/default.htm. Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

"Fast Facts." National Center for Education Statistics, United States Department of Education, nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/. Accessed 15 May 2009.

Vanney, Greg. "VCSU Sets Enrollment Record." VCSU News, Valley City State University, 20 Sep. 2016, www.vcsu.edu/news/news.htm?id=10529. Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.

Feidt, Anne. "Tracking Polar Bears: An Environmental Barometer." NPR, National Public Radio, 11 May 2009, www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103853438. Accessed 11 May 2009.

Schutz, Aaron. "Poverty and Brain Development, or, I worry: If Poor People are Stupid, Why Bother?" Education Policy Blog, May 2009, educationpolicyblog.blogspot.com/2009/05/poverty-and-brain-development-or-i.html. Accessed 10 Nov. 2016.