Quick Questions—On Citing Online Sources

Question: How would I cite these two sources (MLA style): Source 1 and Source 2? Thanks, —

Response: Hi —! Thanks for your question. According to the seventh edition of the MLA handbook, works only cited on the web should follow this format:

  1. Name of author, compiler, director, editor, narrator, translator, etc.
  2. Title of the work (italicized if the work is independent; in Roman type and quotations if it is part of a larger work).
  3. Title of the overall website (italicized), if distinct from item 2
  4. Version or edition used
  5. Publisher or sponsor of the site; if not available, use N.p.
  6. Date of publication (day, month and year as available); if nothing is available, use n.d.
  7. Medium of publication (Web)
  8. Date of access (Day, month, year)
  9. The site’s URL in angle brackets at the very end of the citation.
    Once you have all of this information, it should look something like this:
    Antin, David. Interview by Charles Bernstein. Dalkey Archive Press. Dalkey
    Archive P, n.d. Web. 21 Aug. 2007. Source

The websites you provided don’t have all of the above information, so cite what you can and make a note of which information was not available. If a majority of the information isn’t available, it might be something to watch out for. I would suggest clearing them with your professor just in case. A citation without all of the information would look like this:
Example 1: An Immigrant’s Journey through Ellis Island. Oracle. n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2011. <http://library.thinkquest.org/J001272F/immigrant/immigrants.htm>

Example 2: Poland: Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. Kwintessential. n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2011. <http://www.kwintessential.co.uk/resources/global-etiquette/poland.html>

Additional Resources

  • If you have a question about anything else regarding citations, Purdue’s Online Writing Lab is a great resource
  • If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to send it through Quick Questions or make a face-to-face appointment at either campus.

Thanks, and good luck with your assignment!

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