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Citation Guide: How to cite WEBSITES

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

How to cite WEBSITES

MLA Web Site Citation
Web sites do not include subscription databases

Components usually found on a website:

  • Name of the author, compiler, director, editor, narrator, performer, or translator of the work.
  • Title of the work (italicized if the work is independent; in quotation marks if it is part of a larger work).
  • Title of the overall website - italicized (if distinct from item 2),
  • Publisher or sponsor of the site,
  • Date of publication (day, month, and year as available),
  • URL.
  • Date of access (this is considered the version you used, especially important if no date can be found for the website)

Author's Last Name, First Name Middle Name or Initial. “Title of Article or section if using only part of the website.” Name of Website, Name of organizational sponsor (not advertising sponsor), date published or updated, URL. Date of access (needed if no date is found.).


Education: Human Development Network, The World Bank, Accessed 9 May 2016.

“Gender Inequality and Women in the US Labor Force.” International Labour Organization, 1996-2016,

Stroud, Butler. “Japan finally accepts ICJ Ruling Applies to all Scientific Whaling.” WDC, Whale Dolphin Conservation, 25 Apr. 2016,