How to create an MLA citation for websites? You probably either do not know how to do this or have not learned to work with such templates. This article has tried to provide the best ways to make MLA citation faster for websites.
Most academic departments request research resources from their students in addition to scientific research. Of course, those students studying language literature are familiar with the MLA and its various formats. But other people have to go through a series of tutorials before they can use this format.
Citing sources is one of the main parts of student or scientific research. Using this technique, you can make your research more valuable and value the credibility of the authors whose content you use. Note that any source you use to write part of your research should be documented and added to your article.
MLA Citation for Websites – Ninth Edition
In older versions, students did not need to add a URL to add MLA website citation. But since MLA version 8 was created, you must enter the URL to cite the website. Otherwise, you will have problems. Even though the link may be unavailable later, it is possible to find out what content is documented in the article from the same address.
Also, when you enter the URL in your citation, you no longer have to enter the https: // or http: // protocol. Your citation should be such that users can click on it directly and enter the source.
Another thing included in eighth version of the MLA is that there is no need for a source access date. Of course, you can do this yourself if you want, or the teacher asked you to write this date, but it is no longer the main citation prerequisite. To add an access date, you can do one of the following four things:
- Accessed Day Month Year.
- Accessed 2 May 1998.
- Accessed 31 Apr. 2001.
- Accessed 17 Sept. 2010.
Citing Websites with an Author in MLA 9
If you want to cite a website with its author in version 9 MLA, you must do so in the following steps:
- Author Name
- Article or page title
- Website title
- Publisher name
- If possible, write the publication date of the page or website as well.
MLA Website Citation
To cite a website in MLA, first, write the author’s name in reverse. That is, first write the last name, then a comma, and then the name. The web page’s title is placed in the quotation mark, and you must put a dot at the end before the quotation closes. The title of the website is written in italic font, and then a comma will be placed. If the publisher name is different from the website name, put it right after the website title. After you write the publisher, you should also provide the date of publication of the page or article. Finally, the URL, permalink, or DOI should be placed and finally put a dot.
|Structure||Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher, date of publication in day month year format, URL.|
|Example||McNary, Dave. “Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter Returning for ‘Bill and Ted Face the Music.’” Variety, Penske Media Corporation, 8 May 2018, variety.com/2018/film/news/bill-and-ted-3-keanu-reeves-alex-winter-1202802946/.|
In-text website citation with one author
In this citation form, you have to put the author’s last name in parentheses followed by a dot. You do not need to put any other information in this type of citation. Consider the following example:
Website citation with two authors – MLA 9
For websites that have two authors, place the names of both authors in a specific format. As we said in the section above, the first name must first be the last name and then the name. The second author’s name should be written as usual, and the last name at the end and then place a dot.
|Structure||Last name, First name of Author 1, and First Name Last Name of Author 2. “Title of Web Page.” Title of Website, Publisher, date published in day month year format, URL.|
|Example||Wadhwa, Vivek, and Alex Salkever. “How Can We Make Technology Healthier for Humans?” Wired, Condé Nast, 26 June 2018, www.wired.com/story/healther-technology-for-humans/.|
In-text website citation with two authors
You do not need to add the authors’ last names to cite the in-text content of a website with two authors. You can just put them in a row and enter their order number as follows:
|Structure||(Author #1 and Author #2).|
|Example||(Wadhwa and Salkever).|
Website citation with three or more authors in MLA 9
If you have more than two authors for an article or website, you must enter the author’s name in the source order. The first author name should be written in reverse and from the last name, and then you can add other authors’ names with a comma.
|Structure||First listed author’s Last name, First name, et al. “Title of Web Page.” Title of Website, Publisher, date published in day month year format, DOI or URL.|
|Example||Marsh, Joanne, et al. “Generating Research Income: Library Involvement in Academic Research.” Library and Information Research, vol. 36, no. 113, 18 Dec. 2012, pp. 48-61, https:doi.org/10.29173/lirg539|
In-text website citation with 3 authors and more
In this case, only the first author’s last name of the article should be mentioned on the website. It should be as follows.
|Structure||(Last Name 1 et al.).|
|Example||(Marsh et al.).|
MLA 9 Citation for Websites with No Author
Sometimes a website may not have the author’s name, or you may not mention it. In this case, you must enter the website’s title instead of the author’s name in the citation. Consider the following example:
|Structure||“Title of Web Page.” Title of Website, Publisher, date published in day month year format, URL.|
|Example||“One Health and Disease: Tick-Borne.” National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, www.nps.gov/articles/one-health-disease-ticks-borne.htm.|
Sometimes articles or web pages are written and published by organizations or companies. So you can use the publisher name instead of the author name.
In-text website citation with no author
In-text citations for a website that does not have an author should be in the form of a web page name in parentheses and quotation marks, with a dot at the end. Also, no additional information should be added to the citation in this section
|Structure||(Title of Web Page).|
|Example||(“One Health and Disease”).|