How do I cite a website in my MLA formatted paper? And how do I put it in my MLA works cited page?

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kateanswers eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To create an entry for your Works Cited page, you will need to know a few key pieces of information. If any of this information cannot be found, it is acceptable to leave it out—there should be enough information from the rest of your citation in case your teacher wants to visit this resource. The format of your Works Cited entry should be as follows:

  • Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.

Note the use of italics for the name of the website. Your actual Works Cited entry may be much shorter depending on the information available to you. This information comes from the Purdue OWL website's MLA style guide, so I will create a sample Works Cited entry to show you what it ought to look like when one cites a webpage.

  • Tony Russel, et al. MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications). Purdue Online Writing Lab, 6 July 2015. Web. 21 March 2016.

For an in-text citation from a webpage, put the first part of the corresponding Works Cited citation into parenthesis. (For my above example, this would be "Tony Russel, et al.") This citation should come directly after the material you have referenced. If you are using a quote, put your parenthetical citation directly after the quote. If you are paraphrasing, it can go at the end of the sentence or paragraph. When your citation comes at the end of a sentence, don't forget that the period should fall outside of the parenthesis.

You may also be interested in the website Citation Machine, which allows you to enter the necessary data for your citation and will format it for you. If you're not sure if you've formulated your citation properly, this is a good way to double-check until you get the hang of things.