About Citing Web Sites
When citing a web site, take note of the author, title, the publisher, publication date, and the date you accessed the site.
The medium of publication for all electronic sources is Web.
MLA no longer requires the use of URLs in MLA citations, unless the reader would not be able to locate the item without it. If you do include the URL, enclose it in angle brackets followed by a period, e.g., <http://www.blakearchive.org>.
For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific example will be provided.
The following format will be used:
Parenthetical Citation - entry that appears in the body of your paper.
Works Cited - entry that appears at the end of your paper.
Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the MLA Handbook (7th ed.).
Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.
How to Cite a Website Tutorial
Check out this tutorial from UTSA Libraries!
Tips for Citing Websites
1) No Publication Date
If you can’t find a publication date, use the abbreviation “n.d.” in the place of the date.
Example: Karayannakos, Elias. Ancient Greek Theatre. n.d. Web. 20 Nov 2012.
2) Website URL's
MLA no longer requires the inclusion of URLs in the citation. However, if your instructor would still like the URL to be included the proper format is to list the URL in angle brackets at the end of the citation.
Example: Karayannakos, Elias. Ancient Greek Theatre. 26 Sept 2011. Web. 20 Nov 2012 <http://www.greektheatre.gr/>.
3) Additional Information
In addition to the standard citation elements (author, title, and publication information), citing a web site also requires the title of the web site, the website sponsor, medium of publication (Web), and the date of access (important because content on the web is fluid and changes from day to day.)
4) Name the Website
In order to find the name of the web site and/or the name of the web site sponsor or publisher, it is sometimes necessary to go to the home page of the site. Sometimes the information is in the banner (top) of the page and sometimes at the very bottom of the page or both places.
Learn more about the Modern Language Association style from the association website.
A clearly organized and well presented document offering details on various levels of MLA citation style.
An alternative to College of the Rockies Library MLA Citation Style Guide
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases. However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.
The MLA Style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.
Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.
Librarians at SFU have created what is considered the definitive resource for use when citing Canadian Government documents and online resources in MLA Style.