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How to Cite an Internet Source on the Works Cited Page

by Sally Burns, Demand Media

    Knowing how to cite Internet sources on a Works Cited page is imperative. Resources that once would have been searched for among library shelves are now readily available online, and the format for citing them has changed as well. The Works Cited page is a reference page utilized by the Modern Language Association. The MLA format is used for writing papers within the humanities and liberal arts disciplines.

    Items you will need

    • Keep track of as much of the following information as you can while you are researching:
    • URL
    • Author/editor
    • Article name (if it is an article)
    • Title of website
    • Date page was last updated
    • Date information was posted (as for a blog)
    • Date material was accessed online
    • Publisher and date of article or book also in print

    Follow the Formats Below

    Step 1

    The information below is listed in format you should use to cite your sources. For instance, if "Name of institution." is listed, you should write the name of the institution followed by a period.

    Step 2

    To cite a web page: List the editor or author. Name of website. Version number. Name of institution/organization publishing the site. Date last updated. Web. Date of access.

    Step 3

    To cite a webpage for a department or an educational course: Instructor's last name, first name. Title of the course in italics. School name. Publication date. (Use n.d. if the publishing date is not given.)

    Step 4

    To cite an article in a web magazine: Author last name, first name. Article name in quotes. Title of web magazine in italics. Publisher name. Publication date. Web. Date of access. (Use n.d. if publish date is not given.)

    Step 5

    To cite an online scholarly journal that also appears in print: Author's last name, first name. Title of the journal article in quotes. Title of journal in italics, version (year published): page range. Web. Date accessed. (Use n. pag. if no page numbers exist.)

    Step 6

    To cite an email, including an email interview with a source: Author's last name, first name. The subject line in quotes. What the email is (for example, message to author). Date message was sent. Email address.

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    Tips

    • Some of this information may not be available. If so, MLA style allows the use of initials (in italics) to indicate the situation.
    • Use n.p. if the publisher or a sponsor name is called for but has not been given.
    • If the publication date is not given, use n.d.
    • If a page number for a work that was originally printed is missing, use n. pag.
    • Whenever you use a date, use the format of day, month abbreviation, year followed by a period.
    • It is easier to write down the source information as you find resources you will use than to go back later to try to gather the information.

    Warning

    • Other styles of writing, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) style use other formats for citing Internet sources. The "Works Cited" page for APA style is called "References." Do not use the formats noted here for APA or other styles of writing.

    About the Author

    Sally Burns has more than 30 years of experience writing for newspapers, magazines and web content providers. Her work has appeared in the "South Bend Tribune," "Tribune Business Weekly" and on various websites. Burns is proud to have completed a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications at Indiana University, a degree she started working toward in 1975.

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