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MLA Style Guide

Web Basics


Web resources come in many formats, including websites, web pages, videos, social media, and more. Note that more detailed information about creating citations for articles and books, including those found on the web is provided in other tabs in this guide. Web citations include two main differences from other citations: URLs and accessed dates. Always include the most specific URL that you are using, i.e. if you are citing a web page, use the URL for the page. An accessed date is required when there is no date of publication or the page you are citing frequently changes. 

Basic Citation Format:

Author's Last Name, First Name or Initials as Published. "Title of Page." Title of Website, Publication Date: Day Mon. Year, URL. Accessed Day Month Year if no publication date.

Web Examples

With Author(s):

Gunnars, Kris. "FODMAP 101: A Detailed Beginner's Guide." healthline, 9 Nov. 2018,

No Author:

"The Issues." Cultural Survival, Accessed 18 May 2020.

Entire Web Site:

City of Sacramento. Accessed 18 May 2020.

YouTube Video:

Stevens, Michael. "Is Your Red the Same as My Red?" YouTube, uploaded by Vsauce, 17 Feb. 2013,

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