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MLA Citation Style Guide

Overview of using MLA 8th ed. to format citations.

Internet Sources/Website Citation Formats

Many sources on the Internet may not be appropriate for scholarly research. Be sure to check with your instructor for acceptable Internet resources. Remember to include all in-text citations in your Works Cited list.

It is a good practice have record of electronic information used for your research. User can print/save screenshots of websites or create a bookmarked folder in your web browser. 

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Website/Internet sources can be difficult to cite because not all the information may be available to the user.

  • Only include the portion of the URL following the http://
  • The general rule is to include as much information at possible. Only cite entire website if you used all of it.
  • Accessed date is not required, it is recommended for pages that change frequently or do not have a visible copyright date.

Individual Page on Website:

Author(s). Title of Article." Title of website, Date created/copyright, URL (minus https://) Accessed date.


Gleeson, Jill. "The 20 best places to camp in national parks." Country Living, Accessed 14 July 2017.


ACL Injury: Does it require surgery?-OrthoInfo-AAOS. Sep 2009.

General Format:

Author, First Name A. "Title of video." Source, Day Month Year Created/Posted, URL (minus http://). Accessed date.


EBSCO Information Services. "Creating an advanced search - EBSCOhost Tutorial." YouTube, 19 August 2015,

Online Documentary/Video:

"Frontline: Supplements and Safety." PBS. Public Broadcasting Service, 2016, Accessed 14 July 2017.

TED Talk - TED Talks Website:

Speaker, First Name. Title of TED Talk. TED Talks, Day Month Year, Accessed Day Month Year.

Image of painting, sculpture or photograph:

Artist's last name, First name. Work of art. Date of Creation, Institution and city where work housed, Name of Website, URL (minus http://). Accessed date.

Blog Post Example:

Author name/Screen name. Title of posting. Name of Website, Date item posted to website, URL (minus http://). Accessed Day Month Year.

Author, A. A. or Government Name. Government Agency, Title of document: Subtitle. URL (minus http://). Accessed date.


Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 edition. Accessed 14 Mar. 2017.