How to Reference a Website in MLA Format

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

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How to reference a website in MLA format

To reference a website in MLA format, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The name of the author (if available)
-The title of the website (in quotation marks)
-The URL of the website (in angle brackets <>)
-The date you accessed the website (in parentheses)

Here is an example:
Author. “Title of Website.” Title of Organization. Date accessed. .

How to format MLA in-text citations for websites

In-text citations for websites in MLA format typically include the author’s last name and the page number from which the quote or paraphrase was taken. If there is no author listed, you can use the Website’s title instead. For example:

(Last Name 12).

If there is no page number listed, you can simply include the author’s last name in the parentheses. For example:

(Last Name).

How to create an MLA Works Cited entry for a website

In MLA format, a website citation includes the author’s name, the title of the page, the name of the website, the publication date, and the URL.

Here is an example of an MLA Works Cited entry for a website:

Friedman, Thomas L. “What’s Wrong With What’s Right.” New York Times. 22 May 2005. Web. 23 Apr. 2012.

How to cite a website in MLA format without an author

Many students are confused about how to cite a website in MLA format without an author. The answer is simple: just include the title of the website in your Works Cited list. Here’s how it would look:

Title of Website. Publisher, Date of Publication.

For example:

Crazy Egg. Crazy Egg, 2016.

How to cite a website in MLA format with an author

MLA format follows the author-page method of in-text citation. This means that the author’s last name and the page number(s) from which the quotation or paraphrase is taken must appear in the text, and a complete reference should appear on your Works Cited page.

The author’s name may appear either in the sentence itself or in parentheses following the quotation or paraphrase, but the page number(s) should always appear in parentheses, not in the text of your sentence. For example:

According to some, dreams express “profound aspects of personality” (Foulkes 184), though others disagree.
On web pages, include as much information about the source as possible. If there is no known author, start with the title of the page.

How to cite a website in MLA format with no date

To cite a website in MLA format with no date, you can use the following template:

Last name, First name. “Title of Webpage.” Title of Website, day month year of publication, URL.

Here’s an example:

Perez, Angelica. “How to Cite a Website in MLA Format with No Date.” ThoughtCo, 9 Jan. 2020, thoughtco.com/cite-a-website-mla-4180673.

How to cite a website in MLA format with a date

To cite a website in MLA format with a date, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The website’s author
-The website’s title
-The website’s URL
-The date you accessed the website

Here is an example of how to cite a website in MLA format with a date:

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. “Title of Article.” TitleofWebsite.com, DateMonth YearPublished. Web. DateMonth YearAccessed.

How to cite a website in MLA format with an editor

To cite a website in MLA format with an editor, include the editor’s name in the “Other contributors” section of the entry. The editor’s name should be followed by a comma and “ed.” if the editor is listed first, or “and” if the editor is listed after the author.

How to cite a website in MLA format with a publisher

Citing a website with a publisher is similar to citing a website without a publisher. You will need the same basic pieces of information, and you will arrange that information in the same order. The only thing that will differ is how you handle the publisher’s name.

Here is how you would cite a website with a publisher in MLA format:

Last Name, First Name. “Article Title.” Website Title, Publisher, Date of Publication, URL.

Here is an example:

Smith, John. “How to Cite a Website in MLA Format with a Publisher.” EasyBib, EasyBib, 22 Jan. 2020, www.easybib.com/guides/citation-guides/mla-format/how-to-cite-a-website-mla/.

How to cite a website in MLA format with a URL

To cite a website with a URL in MLA format, you’ll need to include the name of the website, the date you accessed it, and the URL. Here’s an example:

“MLA Formatting and Style Guide.” The Purdue OWL, 8 Jan. 2016, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/.

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