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MLA Citation Guide: Online Sources

Entire Website

Note:  Not every website will have all of the following elements.  Collect as many elements as you can from the list below, omitting in sequence any you can not find.

          LastName, FirstName, MI. (of Author). 

          “Title of the Article or Web Page.” 

          Title of the Website,

          Name of the Publisher, (Only include if it differs from the Title of the Website)

          Day Month Year,  (That the page or site was published or last updated)

          DOI   or   URL  or  Permalink, (Always omit http:// or https://)

          Accessed Day Month Year.

Example:

"David Plowden: Photographer."  Davidplowden.com, 2019, www.davidplowden.com.  Accessed 7 Jan. 2020.

InText:  ("David Plowden: Photographer.")

Example:

"Social Trends." Pew Research Center. 2020.  www.pewsocialtrends.org.  Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.

InText:  ("Social Trends")

Example:

Centers for Disease Control.  US Department of Health and Human Services, 2020, 

     www.cdc.gov, Accessed 9 Jan. 2020.

InText:  (Centers for Disease Control)

Page on a Website

LastName, FirstName, M.I. (of Author). “Title of the Article.”  Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher,

     (only include if it differs from the Title of the Website)URL omitting http:// or https://. 

     Accessed Day Month Year.

Example:

Kane, Joseph W.  “Banning Cars Won’t Solve America’s Bigger Transportation Problem: Long Trips.”

     Brookings Institution, www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/01/06/banning-cars-wont-solve-

     americas-bigger-transportation-problem-long-trips/.  Accessed 6 Jan. 2020.

InText:  (Kane)

YouTube Video

Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Name of Website, Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting,

     URL. (omitting  http://  or  https:// ) Accessed day month year.

Example:

TEDx Talks. "Social justice: Is it Still Relevant in the 21st Century? - Charles L. Robbins - TEDxSBU."

YouTube, 17 Dec. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wtroop739uU.  Accessed 29 July 2016.

In text: (TEDx Talks)

 

Social Media

     SOCIAL MEDIA :: TWITTER

@Twitter Handle.  "Full Text of the Whole Tweet."  Twitter,

     Day Month Year of Posting, Time Stamp, URL.    (omit http:// or https://)

Example:

@HPUFilmSociety.  "Tonight at 7pm @hpulibrary we watch Three Billboards

     Outside of Ebbing, Missouri -- a dark comedy/crime drama that garnered

     Oscars for both Frances McDorman and Sam Rockwell.  Also, this…

     instagram.com/p/BqXyY0DFw42/."  19 Nov. 2018, 10:21 a.m.

     twitter.com/HPUFilmSociety/status/1064584454579068934.

In Text:   (@HPUFilmSociety)

 

    SOCIAL MEDIA ::  INSTAGRAM

@Account Holders Name.  "Image Caption -- if Available.  If not, brief description

     of the image."  Instagram, Names of Other Contributors,

     (if any)  Day Month Year of Posting, Time Stamp, URL. (omit http:// or https://)

Example:

@tomhanks.  "Self-portrait of Tom Hanks."  Instagram, 14 Dec. 2019,

     www.instagram.com/p/B6E__EZhkfz/

In Text:  (@tomhanks)

 

SOCIAL MEDIA :: FACEBOOK

Author LastName, FirstName, MI. or Account Name.  Description of Post.

(Do not use quotation marks or italics),  Facebook, Day Month Year of Post,

Time Stamp, URL.

Example:

GoatsofAnarchy.  Loner Goats Become Stallmates and Fall in Love.  

     Facebook, 25 June 2018, 9:55 p.m.,

     www.facebook.com/thegoatsofanarchy/posts/2103455423030332:0.

In Text:  (GoatsofAnarchy)

Article Published on the Internet

Note:  Follow as for: “Journal/Magazine/Newspaper Articles -- Database”, as follows, skipping any items that are missing:

Lastname, Firstname, MI. “Article Title.” Journal Title, vol. #, no. #,

     Publication date, Time, Title of Website,  DOI   or   URL  or  Permalink,

     (Always omit http:// or https://)   Accessed Day Month Year.

Example:

Peeples, Lynne. “Fracking Chemicals May Mess with Hormones, Lower Sperm

     Counts.” The Huffington Post, 14 Oct. 2015, 1.41 p.m. EST, 

     www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/fracking-chemicals

      reproductivesystem_us_561e657ae4b028dd7ea5e1cf?utm_hp_ref=fracking.  

     Accessed 29 July 2016.

In text: (Peeples)

Streaming Video

Lastname, Firstname, MI., contribution. Title of Streaming Video.

     Name of Production Company, Date of Production.  Name of Database. URL.

Example:

Carra, Lucile, director. The Last Wright: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Rebirth of an

     American City.  Filmakers Library, 2009. Alexander Street Press.

     alexanderstreet.com/avon/view/work/1785122.

In Text:  (Carra 00:03:25-00:04:15)