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How to Put a Website in Works Cited

by Tessica Cutchin, Demand Media

    When using a website as a reference for your research, you must give credit to the source of the information you are referencing. A Works Cited list is a list of sources directly referenced when using the Modern Language Association (MLA) format style. A website citation in your Works Cited will include the author or editor's name, title of the article or page, website, publisher, date of publication, date of access, and, if required by an instructor or whomever assigned the research, the URL for the website.

    Step 1

    Identify the author or editor of the website. When typed, the format will be the author;s or editor's last name, followed by a comma, the author's or editor's first name, and then a period. Example: Leopold, Todd.

    Step 2

    Type the name of the webpage or article. Place quotation marks around the name, and type a period at the end. Example: Leopold, Todd. "Can 'The Office'; go on without Steve Carell?"

    Step 3

    Type, in italics, the name of the website. The name of the website should be followed by a period. Example: Leopold, Todd. "Can 'The Office'; go on without Steve Carell?" CNN.com (in italics).

    Step 4

    Type the publisher's information. Include first the publisher's name and then the most recent published date (will typically appear as the copyright year). Follow this information by a period. Leopold, Todd. "Can 'The Office'; go on without Steve Carell?" CNN.com (in italics). Cable News Network 2010.

    Step 5

    Type the date you accessed the website you are referencing in the following format: day month year. The date should be followed by a period. Example: Leopold, Todd. "Can 'The Office'; go on without Steve Carell?" CNN.com (in italics). Cable News Network 2010. 29 June 2010.

    Step 6

    Insert, if required or for personal reference, the URL of the website. The Modern Language Association (MLA) suggests that you put the URL between angle brackets. Follow the website URL with a period. Example: Leopold, Todd. "Can 'The Office'; go on without Steve Carell?" CNN.com (in italics). Cable News Network 2010. 29 June 2010.

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    Tips

    • Any line following the first line of text in your citation should be indented.
    • Do not number your Works Cited.
    • Alphabetize your references in the Works Cited.

    About the Author

    Located in the Appalachian Mountains, Tessica Cutchin, has been writing for various publications since 2006. Those publications included her university newspaper and online literary magazine. She currently writes a personal blog, which includes product reviews for Etsy.com shop proprietors. In graduate school, Cutchin received a Graduate Teaching Fellowship. She holds bachelor's degrees in English/education and a master's degree in English, both from Radford University.

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    • le dictinnaire image by Richard villalon from Fotolia.com

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