How to Cite Sources With No Page Number

Updated April 17, 2017

Write out the quote or passage from the resource that you are embedding into the text of your paper. If you are using a direct quote, make sure to put quotation marks at the beginning and end of the passage to avoid plagiarism. Even if you are paraphrasing, however, you still must cite your source if the information would not be considered common knowledge.

Place the name of the author in parentheses following the quotation marks, but before the period. For example: "This is how you cite a source" (Smith).

Place a section number or paragraph number after the author's name when there are no page numbers. For example: "It is important to always cite your sources in research papers" (Jones, section 1, paragraph 3). This can be done for both MLA and APA style papers, with the abbreviation "para. 3" being used for APA style. If there are no numbered sections, you may just leave the author's name by itself within the parentheses.

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