How to Cite a Website Article MLA

MLA style provides guidelines for citing both small and large passages of material from online sources. This article will show you how to cite a website article in MLA format.

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In MLA style, an article found on a website is treated as a chapter in an online book or anthology. The key to correctly citing this type of source is providing the name of the author of the article, if known, followed by the name of the site where you accessed it and the date on which you accessed it. You then close with the URL of the website.

What is MLA?

MLA is a writing style that is commonly used in high school and college level papers. It stands for Modern Language Association, and is most often used in the humanities, particularly in English courses. MLA style dictates certain rules for how papers should be formatted and how sources should be cited.

Why do we need to cite?

Citing or document sources is a way to give credit to the person who created the content you used in your paper. It also allows your reader to find the original source if they want more information. If you do not cite, it is considered plagiarism, which is a serious academic offense.

How to cite a website article in MLA

To cite a website article in MLA, you need to include the author’s name, the title of the article, the name of the website, the date of publication, and the URL. Here is an example:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Website. Date of Publication. Web. Date of Access.

Here is an example:

Smith, John. “How to Cite a Website Article in MLA.” The Writing Center. 8 Nov 2016. Web. 8 Feb 2017

MLA in-text citations

To cite an article from a website in MLA style, you’ll need the author’s name, the title of the article, the name of the website, and the date you accessed it.

Here’s an example:

According to Smith, “Citing websites can be tricky” (2).

In your Works Cited list, your citation should look like this:

Smith, John. “Citing Websites Can Be Tricky.” Website Name. Date of publication or last update, URL.

MLA Works Cited page

When you are gathering book sources, be sure to make note of the following bibliographic items:
-author name(s),
-book title,
-place of publication,
-date of publication.

subsequently, these same items are required when gathering website sources. However, because MLA format uses specific guidelines for citing websites, you will also need to include:
-the specific url OR web address of the article
-the name of the website on which the article was published
-the date on which you accessed the website

How to format MLA Works Cited page

When you are gathering book sources, be sure to make note of the following bibliographic items:
* the author name(s),
* the book title,
* the publication date,
* the publisher, and
* the pagination.

Now that you know which elements need to be included in the Works Cited list, you will need to format the list itself. The Works Cited page should:
-be on a separate page at the end of your research paper.
-have the same one-inch margins and last name, page number header as the rest of your paper.
-labeled Works Cited (do not italicize, bold or underline this heading) and centered at the top of your page. If only one citation is included on your Works Cited page, label it as “Work Cited”. Alternate formatting instructions are available for MLA 7th edition. Double space all citations, but do not add extra space between entries. Indent each subsequent line of each citation by 0.5 inches (1tab). Alphabetize according to the first word of each entry (usually the author’s last name). If no author is given for a particular entry, alphabetize according to the first word of that entry’s title.

MLA citation examples

MLA style uses a Works Cited list at the end to provide the full details of the sources you used. Your in-text citations give your reader clues about which sources support the claims and information of your paper or project. To create a Works Cited page using MLA style, list each work you cite in alphabetical order with the author’s last name first. Each entry should include as much publication information as possible so that your reader can find your sources. If a piece of information is missing (like the page number), just leave it out.

When to cite

Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or use information from another source, you must include a citation in your text. These citations correspond to the full citations listed in your Works Cited page at the end of your paper.

Citations tell your reader where you got your information and allow them to look up your sources. They also help keep track of whose ideas came from where, which is important not only for academic integrity, but also for preventing plagiarism.

Why is it important to cite?

It is important to cite websites in order to give credit to the original authors of the information. When you cite a website, you are providing a way for other researchers to find and use the original source. This is especially important when you are writing about controversial topics, where there may be many different interpretations of the available information. Citing websites allows you to add credibility to your paper by showing that you have looked at a variety of sources of information.

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