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How to Cite a Website in MLA Format Without an Author


All sources that you quote or paraphrase must be listed as references on your works cited page, as well as cited parenthetically within the text. Modern Language Association style calls for most sources to be identified by the author's last name. This can be problematic when no author is listed, as is common with some websites, but the MLA has published clear guidelines for the proper citation of Internet sources

Arrange your reference in this general format:

"Title of Page." name of website. Name of Publisher, Date of Publication. Medium of Publication. Date of Access.

For example:

"Tips for Fighting Ninjas." martial-arts.com. Martial Arts Online, 24 Jan. 2009. Web. 23 Mar. 2010.

Use "n.p." if no publisher is listed. Use "n.d." if no date of publication is listed. For example:

"Tips for Fighting Ninjas." martial-arts.com. n.p., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2010.

Alphabetize your reference by its title, since no author is listed.

Format your in-text citation so the title is listed instead of the last name of the author. If the web page is paginated, give the page number you are citing. For example:

("Tips for Fighting Ninjas" 3)

If no page number is listed, simply cite the title of the page. For example:

("Tips for Fighting Ninjas")

Position your citation directly after the quoted passage in your text. For example:

One website recommends that you carry "mace, armor, and ninja stars" ("Tips for Fighting Ninjas").