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MLA Style Guide: Citing WEBSITES

This Guide covers the basics of the 8th edition of the MLA Style Manual and includes sample citations and additional resources.

General Guidelines: WEBSITES

Basic Style for Citations of Electronic Sources (Including Online Databases)

Here are some common features you should try and find before citing electronic sources in MLA style. Not every Web page will provide all of the following information. However, collect as much of the following information as possible both for your citations and for your research notes:

  • Author and/or editor names (if available)
  • Article name in quotation marks.
  • Title of the website, project, or book in italics.
  • Any version numbers available, including editions (ed.), revisions, posting dates, volumes (vol.), or issue numbers (no.).
  • Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
  • Take note of any page numbers (p. or pp.) or paragraph numbers (par. or pars.).
  • Date you accessed the material (Date Accessed).
  • URL (without the https://)  DOI or permalink.
  • Remember to cite containers after your regular citation. Examples of containers are collections of short stories or poems, a television series, or even a website. A container is anything that is a part of a larger body of works.


Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the website, Name of the publisher, Date of publication, URL.


Works Cited List

Section of a
Web site

"Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview." WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014,

Entire Web site

Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov.
2003, Accessed 10 May 2006.

8th Edition: What's New

***NEW*** MLA guidelines:

  • strongly recommend include the URL in your citation.  
  • recommended to include the date of access to your citation especially when there is no copyright date listed.
  • allow pseudonyms for author names.
  • ​require the abbreviations vol. and no. to magazine and journal article citations.
  • no longer require publication type (Print, Web, etc.) listed for each Works Cited entry.  
  • no longer require the city of publication in your Works Cited entry. 

Social Media Tips:

Source MLA 8th Edition

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter, Day month year posted, time posted, URL.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, 18 June 2013, 4:39 PM,


Lastname, Firstname [or username or page name]. "first several words of a facebook post..." Facebook, Day month year posted, time posted [if available], URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook, 18 Apr 2013,


Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website, Day month year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, 18 Apr 2013,


Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day month year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013,

Blog Post

LastnameFirstname [or single username]. "Title of Blog Post." Name of Blog or Website, Organization Responsible for Publishing Content, Day month year posted, URL. 

Smith, Mary. “Volunteering with the Aging.” New York Public Library, 29 May 2015,

Email  Lastname, First name of email's author. "Email Title." The Receiver of the email , Day month year of email. 

Smith, Mary. "Re: Hello." Received by Bob Conner, 30 Mar. 2015.

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