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How to Cite Two Web Articles With the Same Author


When writing an academic paper, you might want to cite two different web articles by the same author. There are specific rules for citing these sources using Modern Language Association (MLA) style. You will need to format these carefully in both your works-cited page and your parenthetical notations within the paper's text.

Works Cited Page

Alphabetize the two articles by their titles. For example, "The Best Way to Lose Weight" will come before "The Top Ten Ways to Lose Weight."

Type the citation information from the first web article in the following format: last name, first name. "Title of the Article." Title of the Web Magazine. Publisher Name, publication date. Web. Date of access. If no publisher is available, write the initials n.p. If no publishing date is given, write the initials n.d. The title of the web magazine should be italicized. For example: Doe, John. "Best Supplements for Heart Health." Healthy Lifestyles. Lifestyles Media Group, 10 Feb. 2011. Web. 18 May 2011.

Type three dashes instead of the author's last and first names for the citation of the second web article. Use in the following format: ---. "Title of the Article." Title of the Web Magazine. Publisher Name, publication date. Web. Date of access. If no publisher is available, write the initials n.p. If no publishing date is given, write the initials n.d. The title of the web magazine should be italicized. For example: ---. "Tips for Better Health." Healthy Lifestyles. Lifestyles Media Group, 2 Jan. 2011. Web. 18 May 2011.

Parenthetical Notation

List in parentheses the author's last name and a shortened title of the article you are citing in quotation marks. Your citation will come directly after the sentence you are citing. The period comes after the closing parentheses mark. For example: One of the best ways to improve heart health is through diet (Doe, "Best Supplements").

List a shortened title of the article you are citing if you mention the author's last name in the sentence itself. Your citation will come directly after the phrase or sentence you are citing. The period comes after the closing parentheses mark. For example: Doe states that 30 minutes of exercise three times a week is the best way to improve overall health ("Tips").

List the author's last name and a shortened title in quotation marks after each phrase if you are citing from both articles in the same sentence. The period comes after the final closing parentheses mark. For example: You can improve heart health by taking supplements (Doe, "Best Supplements") or by exercising a few times a week (Doe, "Tips").

Tips
  • MLA format no longer requires you to list the URL of your source. However, some teachers still ask that students provide the URL. Check with your teacher to see what he prefers.
  • MLA format does not require you to list a page or paragraph number for web sources.
  • MLA formatting is just one type of citation style. Check with your teacher for her style preferences.
Items you will need
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Rebecca Smith has a B.A. in chemistry from the University of Kansas. She has been a freelance writer for over four years. She enjoys writing about science, technology and health, as well as culinary and environmental topics.

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