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A. One AuthorB. Two to Three AuthorsC. Three or More AuthorsD. Work in an AnthologyE. Corporate AuthorF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Entry in an Encyclopedia/DictionaryI. Edition other than the FirstJ. Introduction, Foreword, Preface, or AfterwordK. TranslationL. Government Publication
A. Basic Journal ArticleB. Journal Article from an Online PeriodicalC. Journal Article from Library DatabaseD. Magazine ArticleE. Magazine Article from DatabaseF. Newspaper ArticleG. Google ScholarH. Research Starter Articles
A. Basic Web PageB. Document from a Web siteC. No Author
A. Video or DVDB. Sound RecordingC. Musical Composition
A. Works of ArtB. Online Image
A. LectureB. Online Course Materials
A. EmailB. Indirect SourcesC. TwitterC. Speeches, Lectures or Oral Presentations
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MLA Citation Style 7th edition   Tags: citations, citing, mla, mla_style, sources  

A guide to help with formatting your citations in MLA style.
Last Updated: Jun 9, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

A. Basic Web Page Print Page

About Citing Websites

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., <>.

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.


Basic Web Page (184-187)

  1. If there is no sponsoring institution or publisher, use "n.p."
  2. If there is no date of publication, use "n.d."     
General Format

In-Text Citation:
(Author Surname page number)
Works Cited:
Author. Title of Site. Name of sponsoring institution or publisher, Day Month Year
         of Publication. Medium. Date of Access [Day Month Year].

In-Text Citation:
Works Cited:
Zalta, Edward N., ed. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Stanford University, n.d.
         Web. 29 Nov. 2011.

Learn More

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.


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