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How to Cite a Website in MLA Format Without an Author or Publishing Date


According to the "MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition," you don't need to include a website's author or publishing date unless the information's available.

References Section

In your references list, enter an open quotation mark, list the name of the page where you found the article followed by a period, and then enter a closed quotation mark. Italicize the website's name followed by a period. After the website name, list "n.p." if no publisher is available, and "n.d." if no date is available. Enter the word "Web" followed by a period, and enter the full date you visited the website by day, month and year.

In the references list, a complete citation should look like this: "Office of Teaching Initiatives." NYSED. New York State Education Department. n.d. Web. 6 May 2013.

In-Text Citation

When citing a website with no author or publishing date in-text, in parentheses, cite the first item that appears in the references list entry exactly as it appears. MLA doesn't require paragraph or page numbers. If you are citing a full Web page and not a specific article, use the website name or partial URL. For example: "New York State Education Department" or partial URL NYSED.gov.

An in-text citation looks like this: Prospective teachers can apply for certification online ("Office of Teaching Initiatives"). In the absence of a Web article, an in-text citation looks like this: Many New York teachers apply for certification online (New York State Education Department).

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