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., <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.
Basic Web Page (184-187)
- If there is no sponsoring institution or publisher, use "n.p."
- If there is no date of publication, use "n.d."
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.