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MLA Style Guide

How to Cite an Entire Website

References to entire websites usually include the following elements:

Author (if known) last name, first name. Name of the Site. Publisher, Date of publication, URL (Location).

Note: the 8th edition no longer requires a City of Publication. The URL is optional, and you should always consult your instructor's preferences before including it.

When there is no known author or editor:

MLA style citation for a website without an author

When the author or editor is known:

MLA style citation for website with known author

Note: Citations are single-spaced here, but be sure to double-space your Works Cited page.

How to Cite One Page/Work within a Website

References to an individual page within a larger website usually include the following elements:

Author (if known) last name, first name. "Title of the Page or Section." Title of Website, Name of the institution associated with the site, Date of publication, URL (Location).

Note:  If the author's name and publisher's name are the same, use it in place of the publisher's name and begin the work cited entry with the title of the source. The 8th edition no longer requires a City of Publication. The URL is optional, and you should always consult your instructor's preferences before including it.

When there is no known author or editor:

MLA style citation for a webpage without an author

When the author or editor is known:

MLA style citation for a webpage with an author

 

Note: Citations are single-spaced here, but be sure to double-space your Works Cited page.

Source with Multiple Containers

If a source has multiple containers, follow the example below:

This example is from page 35 of the MLA Handbook.

If you're citing the short story, "The Masque of the Red Death" by Edgar Allen Poe which is in volume 4 of a multi-volume edition of his complete works that was published in 1902 and is available via the HathiTrust Digital Library, then that citation would look like this:


MLA style citation for a work within multiple containers