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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th edition)

Citations examples on this page:

  • Page on a Website Created by a Corporation, Institution, or Group
  • Website with a Known Author
  • Page or Document on a Website with a Known Author
  • Page or Document on a Website with an Unknown Author
  • Government Page or Document from a Website
  • Blog Post
  • Wikipedia
  • Facebook
  • Infographic Posted on a Website

On the Web but not a Website?

Be careful! Just because you found something on the web, it doesn’t mean you are citing a website.

Look at the material closely – is it a journal article? A newspaper article? An encyclopedia? An eBook? Use the format that best describes the item. APA treats a source as a website only when it does not fit another category. 



It can sometimes be difficult to find out who the author of a website is. Remember that an author can be a corporation or group, not only a specific person. Author information can sometimes be found under an "About" section on a website.

If there is no known author, start the citation with the title of the website instead.


The best date to use for a website is the date that the content was last updated. Otherwise look for a copyright or original publication date. Unfortunately this information may not be provided or may be hard to find. Often date information is put on the bottom of the pages of a website.

If you do not know the complete date, put as much information as you can find. For example you may have a year but no month or day.