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MLA Style Bibliography and Footnotes: Citing Web Sites

Tips and examples on how to do MLA style citations, footnotes, and bibliography.

Citing Web Sites

  1. Web sites must be cited fully: a URL is not an adequate citation.
  2. Look for an author. Not all articles on web sites have authors, but some do. 
  3. Find the title of the page you are using. Put it in quotation marks.
  4. Find the address where the organization is located. This may be on the bottom of the home page, on an “About us” page, or on a “Contact” page. Give the city and state or country.
  5. Find the name of the organization or company that produces this web site. Write it in full.
  6. Find the date that the information was produced. You will often find a copyright date. If there’s no date, put [n.d.].
  7. Note the date you viewed the article.
  8. Copy the full URL from the address line.
  9. If you don’t find an author, an “About us” page, or some information about the person or organization that created the web site, you should probably think twice about using the information.
  10. Put a full citation for the first footnote, and abbreviate it for later ones.[1]


 

[1] “Biography.” Benny Goodman.

Example: Bibliography entry and first footnote

“Biography.” Benny Goodman, The Official Website of the King of Swing. CMG Worldwide, [ n.d.]. Viewed Sept. 26, 2009. http://www.bennygoodman.com/index.php

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