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How to Cite Web Page Articles


Research papers are generally required to be written in either MLA or APA format. Each of these styles specifies how references used as research material for the paper should be cited. Certain Internet articles can provide valuable information to include in a research paper, but they must be cited using the proper format specified by either the MLA or APA (as must any other resource that was used in writing the paper).

Citing a Web-Page Article in MLA Style

Create a "Works Cited" page on which to list all of your references. Include the web page you are citing.

Place on the "Works Cited" page the last name of the author, followed by a comma and the author's first name. Follow the author's name with a period.

Place the title of the article in quotation marks after the author's name. Follow the article's title with a period.

Italicize the name of the website and place it after the previous period. Place a period after the name of the website.

Note the date of electronic publication after the previous period, and follow it with another period.

Place the name of the site editor after the previous period. Follow the name of the site editor with a period.

Provide the name of the sponsoring business or institution, followed by a comma and the city, state or country of that business or institution. Place a period at the end of the location.

After the previous period, note the date on which you accessed the web page.

Provide the full URL address. Place a "<" before the address and a ">" after it.

Finish the "Works Cited" entry by placing a period after the closing bracket of the URL.

Cite the material in the body of the research paper by placing the author's last name in parentheses at the end of the sentence in which the material is used. Place the parenthetical reference inside the period.

Citing a Web Page in APA Style

Create a reference page to list all of the sources used in the paper. Title this page "References." Do not underline the title of the page or put it in quotes.

Place on the reference page the last name of the author of the web page, followed by a comma and the author's first name. Follow the author's name with a period.

Put in parentheses the date that the web page was posted or edited. If no date is listed, write "n.d." within the parentheses. Place a period after the last parenthesis.

Note the title of the web page. Capitalize the appropriate words in the title. Place a period after the title of the web page.

Place the word "Online" in parentheses. Follow the last parenthesis with a comma.

After the previous comma, note the date on which you retrieved the document. Follow the date with a period.

Place the exact URL in its entirety after the previous period. Do not place a period after the URL.

Cite the web page in the body of the paper by placing (in parentheses) the last name of the author, followed by a comma and the year of publication, after the material you are reprinting from the source.

Tip
  • Provide as much of the available publication information as possible. If all of the elements required by either style are unavailable, omit that portion of the entry. List the citations in alphabetical order on the "Works Cited" and reference pages.
About the Author

Based in New Orleans, Bethany Culp has been a freelance writer since 2004. She enjoys researching and writing about a variety of topics, including travel and outdoor adventure. Her work has been published on numerous websites including USAToday.com. Culp holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications from Loyola University New Orleans.