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MLA Guide for Faculty: Citing a Website

MLA Website Citations

Things to Ask Yourself When Looking At a Source

When looking at a source, ask yourself...

WHAT
              - Can you identify the type of information source you have found?
              - Is it a book?
              - An article?
              - A web site?
              - Something else? (social media posting?)
              - What topics are covered?

WHY
            - What is the purpose of the information source?
            - Who is the intended audience?
            - Is it meant to inform?
            - To persuade?
            - To teach?
            - To report the findings of some original research?
            - To entertain?

HOW

           - How does it compare to other items you have found
          
 - What are the research methods, if any, employed in the source?
           - Does the author cite other research? Is there a bibliography?
             Footnotes?
           - Have other scholars cited the information source?
           - Does the work succeed?

           - How is it useful to me or others?

WHO

           - Who is the author?
           - What are the author’s credentials?
          
 - What are the author’s affiliations?
           - What are the author’s goals & objectives?

WHEN

             - When the information was created or last updated?
             - Is the date important for the timeliness of the content?

 

Citing a Website

Website

Last Name, F.  "Title of source." Title of Website, Publisher,
       Publication date, permalink. Date of access (day month year).

In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Last name, "Title word").

 

Newspaper from website: 

Last Name, First "Article title." Name of newspaper, [City],
       Publication date, permalink. Date of access.

 

In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Last Name).

 

Blog: 

Last Name, First. "Title of post [Blog post]". Name of Blog , Publisher,
       Publication Date, permalink.

 

In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Last name, "Title word").

 

When is a Website not a Container?

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