Website – A collection of informational pages on the Internet that typically include an article title, author and publisher.
MLA 7 guidelines for online sources do not require listing the URL, unless otherwise specified by your instructor. They do require, however, that you include the publisher or sponsor of the website. Keep in mind that the author or sponsor of a website is commonly a corporation or government entity, rather than an individual.
Citing a website with an author
Last, First M. “Article Title.”Website Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Note: MLA7 does not require the URL/link in a website citation. However, some instructors still ask for it – double-check if your instructor requires it.
Date Accessed: This is the day that the article was found and read.
Feinberg, Ashley. “What’s the Safest Seat in an Airplane?” Gizmodo. Gawker Media, 28 Mar. 2013. Web. 30 Mar. 2013.
Citing a website with no author
Note: Depending on the content, credible websites do not always include authors.
“Website Article.” Website Title. Website Publisher, Date Month Year Published. Web. Date Month Year Accessed.
Note: MLA7 does not require the URL/link in a website citation. However, some of your instructors still ask for it – double-check if your instructor requires it.
Date Accessed: This is the day the article was read and found.
“India.” Travel.State.Gov. Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, 17 Feb. 2010. Web. 4 May 2010.
APA Web Site Citation
Web sites do not include subscription databases
- Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced
- Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented
- Omit any information not found (author, organizational sponsor, date published or updated, etc.).
There are three elements absolutely necessary for an web site citation:
- Name (or title) of site
- Date of retrieval if web site is not Authoritative
- URL of Homepage (Internet address) (If hard to find like on a government website, complete URL can be used)
Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Date of Publication or Update). Title of work. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL from Homepage
Basements and crawl spaces. (2002, June 23). Retrieved from http://www.hud.gov/ offices/hsg/sfh/ref/sfhp1-25.cfm
Build smarter with alternative materials. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http://www.build-smarter.com/
Clemens, S. L. (n.d.). Roughing it. Retrieved from http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-in/query/r?ammem/calbkbib:@field(TITLE+@band(Roughing+it.+))
E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. (2002). DuPont Tyvek®. Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http://www.tyvek.com/
Hacken, R. (n.d.). Home page. Retrieved January 23, 2002, from http://www.lib.byu.edu/estu/
7-step home construction plan. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http/www.plansforme.com/ownmyhome/home_building/index.html
Seville, C. (2001, January 25). Finish materials in design/build. Retrieved from http://www.housingzone.com/topics/hz/cmaterials/hz01aa604.asp
Study skills self-help information. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2001, from http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html
Willett, P., ed. (1997, April). Victorian women writers project. Retrieved from http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/nesbit/ballsoc.html