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MLA (8th ed.) Citation Style Guide: Websites

Core Elements Format

The MLA 8th ed. does not provide rules for citing specific types of resources.  They provide a universal set of guidelines for any type of material based based on the core elements.  The examples provided in this libguide were created by a Douglas College librarian and follow this format.


Date of Access

The Date of Access is an optional element in MLA 8th edition.  The MLA Handbook 8th edition states " since online works typically can be changed or removed at any time, the date on which you accessed online material is often an important indicator of the version you consulted." (MLA Handbook, 8th ed. p. 53)  The Douglas College library has opted to include the date of access for online material.


When providing the URL, copy the full URL from your browser but do not include the http:// or https://

(MLA Handbook, 8th ed., page 110)


Author's Last name, First name. "Title of Document or Page." Title of Website, Publication Date, URL. Date Accessed.



Galewitz, Phil. "In Depressed Rural Kentucky, Worries Mount Over Medicaid Cutbacks." NPR, 19 Nov. 2016, Accessed 21 Nov. 2016.



"When a source has no page numbers or any other kind of part number, no number should be given in a parenthetical citation.  Do not count unnumbered paragraphs or other parts." (MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 56) 

"If your source uses explicit paragraph numbers rather than page numbers -as some publications on the Web do- give the relevant number or numbers, preceded by the label par. or pars.  Change the label appropriately if another kind of part is numbered in the source instead of pages, such as sections (sec. secs.) or chapter (ch., chs.).  If the author's name begins such a citation, place a comma after the name." (MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 56)


Valki, Cathy. "Pesticides and Your Health - A Family Physician's Perspective." David Suzuki Foundation, 25 Feb. 2010, Accessed 17 Oct. 2016.



Website - Corporate Author

Mental Health Commission of Canada. "Mental Health Check-in: Helping Yourself and Others After Experiencing a Traumatic Event; Building a Self-Care Plan." 2019, Accessed 11 Oct. 2019.


(Mental Health Commission of Canada)

The publisher's name can be omitted if the "website title is essentially the same as the name of its publisher."  (MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 42)


"Four Main Components for Effective Outlines." OWL Purdue Online Writing Lab, 2016, Accessed 21 June 2016.


("Four Main")


Ellis, Ralph. "Dakota Pipeline: Army Corps Orders Protesters Out." CNN, 25 Nov. 2016, Accessed 25 Nov. 2016.



Wikipedia, Articles

"Title of Entry." Wikipedia, Publication Date, URL. Date Accessed.


"Hypnosis." Wikipedia, 26 Nov. 2016, Accessed 26 Nov. 2016.



Blog Post

Author's Last Name, First Name or Username if real name not given. "Title of Blog Post." Name of Blog, Publication Date, URL. Date Accessed.


Minchilli, Elizabeth. "Eating Outside in Rome." Elizabeth Minchilli in Rome, 13 April 2016, Accessed 18 July 2016.