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Citation Guides

Guides on everything related to citing sources: MLA and APA style, citing websites, and avoiding plagiarism.

MLA Websites

General rules:
  • Copy and paste URLs for accuracy, but remove the initial "http://".
  • If a URL is so long it is distracting or confusing for the reader, it may be shortened to a home page or search page where the article may be located.
  • Find the publisher's name at the very bottom of the webpage, after the © symbol.
  • Do not include the publisher name if it is the same as the title of the website.
  • Access date is optional, but recommended especially for pages where the content might change.
Basic format

Author. "Title of Page or Article." Title of Website, Publisher of website, Date published, URL. Accessed day month year. [Access date is optional, but recommended especially for pages where the content might change.]


Lohr, Kathy. “Controversy Swirls around Harsh Anti-Obesity Ads.” All Things Considered, NPR, 9 Jan. 2012, controversy-swirls-around-harsh-anti-obesity-ads. 

Lambert, Verity. “Time and Relative Dimensions in Space.” Gallifrayan Compendium, 4 July 2017, Accessed 9 Oct. 2019.

Web page, no author:

“Don’t Just Manage Your Money, Own It!” Feed the Pig, American Institute of CPA, Accessed 10 Aug. 2019.

“Gout and Diabetes.” WebMD, 10 Nov. 2017, Accessed 25 Nov. 2017.

Web page, government author:

United States, Census Bureau. Statistical Abstract of the United States, 2012, Accessed 1 Dec. 2019.

Congress, Public Law:

United States, Congress. Public Law 111-122. United States Statutes at Large, vol. 123, 2009, pp. 3480-82. U.S. Government Publishing Office, Accessed 6 May 2019.

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