How to Cite a Website Using MLA Format

Updated April 17, 2017
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You can construct a Modern Language Association works cited list citation for a website by following a series of simple steps. This citation includes information about the website's author, title and organization. This same information can be used to create in-text references for your sources.

Works Cited List

To begin an MLA works cite notation, write the author's last name, followed by a comma, then their first name and a period:

Oden, Cameron.

If your work has no author, skip this step. If it has more than one author, separate authors by commas, with an "and" before the last author name. Author's after the first one are written with the first name followed by the last name.

If you're citing an article, write the name of the article in quotation marks. Place a period inside the quotation marks:

Oden, Cameron. "DIY Side Table and Magazine Rack."

Write the name of the website in italics, followed by a period.

Oden, Cameron. "DIY Side Table and Magazine Rack." eHow.

Write the name of the company or organization that runs the website, followed by a comma and the date of the article or the last date the web page was updated, followed by a period. Dates should be in day month year format:

Oden, Cameron. "DIY Side Table and Magazine Rack." eHow. Demand Media, 28 Oct. 2014.

If you don't know the website organization, use "n.p." instead. If you don't know the date, use "n.d." instead.

Write "Web." Then write the last date you accessed the website, followed by a period:

Oden, Cameron. "DIY Side Table and Magazine Rack." eHow. Demand Media, 28 Oct. 2014. Web. 6 April 2015.

In-Text Citations

When you quote or paraphrase a source in-text, include a citation after the reference. Place the last name of the author in parentheses:

The base is glued together using a "small amount of epoxy" (Oden).

If your source has no author, use the name of the article, in quotes, instead. If no article title, use the name of the webpage.

Some online articles, such as those in academic journals, might have page numbers. If so, include the page number for the cited information in your in-text citation:

The less that people "see the other" and the more they "inhabit the other" the more "understanding of otherness is a non-facile quality" (Connule 4).

Long blocks of quotations -- more than four lines -- should be separated by a line from the rest of your paragraph and indented. You can shorten a quotation by using ellipses in place of any words you remove.

The table provides "additional storage ... as a magazine rack" (Oden).

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About the Author

Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.