MLA Citations: Cite Web Sources

Overview of MLA Style Guidelines

Tips on Citing Websites

Title of Source: Place the title of a web page/article from a website in quotation marks. For tweets, use the tweet itself for the title of source and place in quotation marks.

Title of Container: Italicize the name of websites.

  • The British Museum,
  • Gizmodo,

Other Contributors: Include the name or username of contributors who have uploaded content, such as a video.

  • uploaded by CinemaSins,
  • uploaded by KidCudiVEVO,

Publisher: Omit the publisher name if it is the same as the website or if it hosts content that users create or upload (YouTube).

Publication Date: For web articles, include the most recent date/update. If a web source, such as an online article or comments, indicate a time, include that information along with the date.

  • 17 Sept. 2016,
  • 18 Oct. 2016, 8:37 a.m.,

Location: For online sources, the URL indicates location. Look to see if the site offers a permalink, a stable URL. Do not use a URL shortener, and omit http:// or https:// from the link. If the URL is extremely long, more than three full lines in your citation, shorten it by removing the information after the file extension (.edu, .gov, .org, .com, or .net).

  • boingboing.net/2016/10/18/everything-belongs-to-the-futu.html.
  • www.census.gov/newsroom/facts-for-features/2016/cb16-ff20.html.

Optional Elements: It is optional to include the Date of Access as part of the citation. If the online source provides no publication date, it is helpful to include a date of access. Date of Access is placed at the end of the citation.

  • Accessed 10 Mar. 2016.

 

Core Elements

 

Author. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location. Title of 2nd container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location. Optional elements.

Entire Website

 

Snopes.com, 2016, www.snopes.com.

 

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Website Article

 

LaCapria, Kim. Polling Face(book).” Snopes.com, 17 Oct. 2016, www.snopes.com/can-you-vote-online-with-a-hashtag/.

 

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Website Article--No Publication Date

 

Inman, Matthew. “How to Be Perfectly Unhappy.” The Oatmeal, theoatmeal.com/comics/unhappy. Accessed 14 Oct. 2016.

 

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YouTube Video

 

"Everything Wrong with The Room in 8 Minutes or Less.” YouTube, uploaded by CinemaSins, 29 Jan. 2013, youtu.be/mvuwldnG7c0.

 

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Online Film (Streaming--Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime)

 

Fargo. Directed by Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, performances by Frances McDormand, William H. Macy, and Steve Buscemi, Orion Pictures, 8 Mar. 1996. Hulu, www.hulu.com/watch/687573.

 

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Online Television Show Episode (Streaming--Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime)

 

“Ozymandias.” Breaking Bad, season 5, episode 14, 15 Sept. 2013. Netflix, www.netflix.com/title/70143836.

 

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Blog Post

 

Gaiman, Neil. “Good Omens, Cheap Seats, and the Memorial.” Neil Gaiman’s Journal, 16 Apr. 2016, 3:23 p.m., journal.neilgaiman. com/2016/04/good-omens-cheap-seats-and-memorial.html.

 

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Tweet from Twitter

 

@CassiniSaturn. “In Saturn’s north polar region, shifting seasons may explain changing colors: go.nasa.gov/2ermGar.” Twitter, 21 Oct. 2016, 2:57 p.m., twitter.com/CassiniSaturn/status/789586311287930881.

 

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Podcast

 

“Playing God.” Radiolab, 21 Aug. 2016, 9:00 p.m., www.radiolab.org/story/playing-god/.

 

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Amazon Review

 

Bartwell, Tracy. Review of Bic Crystal for Her Ball Pen. Amazon, 24 Aug. 2012, www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R19XO9PS38WRWO/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B004F9QBE6.

 

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Internet Movie Database (IMDb)

 

Trivia for The Artist. IMDb, www.imdb.com/title/tt1655442/trivia?ref_=tt_trv_trv.

 

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Corporate Authors, including: institutions, associations, government agencies, etc.

 

Association of College & Research Libraries. Standards for Libraries in Higher Education. ACRL Publications, 2018, 
www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/standards/slhe.pdf. 

 

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