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How to use MLA style- Resources: Internet Sources

MLA how-to

General Information

Internet Sources can be difficult to cite because the information available is not consistent. When creating your citation, follow the guidelines and use as much information as you have. If information is not available, use the abbreviations provided on this page. For pages without an author, begin your citation with the title of the web page.

URL or Web Address: You do not need to use a URL in an MLA citation, unless your professor requires it. If so, give the complete address at the end of the citation, in brackets, and end with a period (e.g., < >.).

Abbreviating Months: When you include the month in the publication date or date of access, abbreviate to the first three letters (e.g., Dec.). May, June, & July do not need abbreviations.

For more than 3 authors: Provide only the first author, followed by et al. For example: Wingert, Peter, et al.

Capitalize the main words in the document title. If there is a colon in the title (a subtitle), capitalize the main words after the colon.

Alphabetize your Works Cited list by the first word of the citation, usually the author's last name. If there is no author, alphabetize by the first main word in the title (ignore A, An, or The).

Double space all of the citations on your Works Cited page.

Indent the second & following lines of the citation 5-7 spaces.

Citation Shortcuts

Be sure to double check the citations once they have been renerated!



Citation Machine

Online Journal Article

Use the format below for articles found on the web, not through a database. For articles accessed through databases, see the Articles tab above.


Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Journal vol.issue (year): Page(s) (Use

   n.pag. if not available). Web. Date Retrieved.


Bazin, Andre and Bert Cardullo, trans. "Fifteen Years of French Cinema." Bright Lights Film

   Journal 64 (2009): n. pag. Web. 29 June 2009.

No Author


"Title of Page, Document, or Section." Title of Web Site. Publisher or sponsor of the site

   (Use N.p. if not available), Date of publication (Use n.d. if not available). Web. Date

   Retrieved (Day Month Year).


"Underage Drinking." Medline Plus. U.S. National Library of Medicine and National

   Institutes of Health, 19 June 2009. Web. 29 June 2009.

Web Site

Citing an entire web site.


Author/Compiler/Creator Last Name, First Name. Title of Web Site. Version or Edition (if

   available). Publisher of site (Use N.p. if not available), Date of publication (Use n.d.

   if not available). Web. Date Retrieved (Day Month Year).


Medline Plus. U.S. National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health, n.d. Web.

   29 June 2009.

Web Page

Citing a page, document, chapter, or section of a web site.


Last Name, First Name (if available). "Title of Page, Document, or Section." Title of Web

   Site. Publisher or sponsor of the site (Use N.p. if not available), Date of publication (Use

   n.d. if not available). Web. Date Retrieved (Day Month Year).


Mathis, Sommer. "Train Detector Circuit Was Replaced 5 Days Before Metro Crash."

   DCist. Gothamist LLC, 1 July 2009. Web. 1 July 2009.

Online Newspaper Article


 Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Newspaper. Publisher or Sponsor of the

   site, Publication Date (Day Month Year). Web. Date Retrieved.


Lacey, Marc and Elisabeth Malkin. "Protestors Confront Soldiers After Coup in Honduras."

   New York Times. The New York Times Company, 29 June 2009. Web. 29 June 2009.

Online Video


Title of Video. Director (Dir.), Performers (Perf.), Producer (Prod.) First Name Last Name.

   Distributor, Year. Name of Web Site. Web. Date Retrieved.


Thriller. Dir. John Landis. Perf. Michael Jackson.  Optimum Productions, 1983. YouTube.

   Web. 29 June 2009.

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