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MLA Citation Style Guide (8th Edition): Online Publications

Websites

The examples provided below aim to illustrate only basic principles of citing newspapers and magazines using MLA citation style. Please refer to the MLA Handbook, 8th edition for more details.

  • Author
  • Title of source
  • Title of container
  • Version or edition
  • Publisher or sponsor
  • Date of publication
  • Location (url, doi, permalink)  
  • Date of access (optional - add if useful to intended audience.)

  • Include URL when your instructor requires it or when the work cited can not be found without it
  • Use n.p., n.d., n.pag. abbreviations when there is no publishers, no date, or no pages provided

Online only nonperiodical publication: (website)

Baker, Peter S., editor. The Electronic Introduction to Old English. Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research, Western Michigan University, www.wmich.edu/medieval/resources/IOE/index.html. Accessed 11 Feb. 2015.

Online nonperiodical publication

Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass. 1855, The Walt Whitman Archive, whitmanarchive.org/published/LG/1855/whole.html.

Online news article

Binkley, Colin. "Dystopian Fiction is Selling Like There's No Tomorrow." WNBC,10 Mar. 2017, www.nbcnewyork.com/news/national-international/Dystopian-Fiction-is-Selling-Like-Theres-No-Tomorrow--415903593.html. Accessed 25 Apr. 2017.

Blog

Kirsch, Adam. "Murakami vs. Bolaño: Competing Visions of the Global Novel." LitHub, 24 April 2017lithub.com/murakami-vs-bolano-competing-visions-of-the-global-novel/. Accessed 26 Apr. 2017.

MLA Guidelines for Online Publications

  • Include URL when your instructor requires it or when the work cited can not be found without it
  • Use n.p., n.d., n.pag. abbreviations when there is no publishers, no date, or no pages provided