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Overview of using MLA to format citations.

New Formatting Information

  • If the website name "is essentially the same as the name of the publisher" (42), you do not need to include the publisher's name. 
  • Writers may omit the publisher if the "work [is] published by its author or editor"(42).
  • Including date of access for online sources is optional, but it becomes "crucial if the source provides no information specifying when it was produced or published" (53). OWL includes the accessed date.

Basic Website Citation

Note: Date of Access is optional. Ask your instructor and see the information from Purdue Owl (below). 


Diamond, Jason. "The 25 Best Websites for Literature Lovers." Flavorware, 5 Aug. 2015, Accessed 14 July 2016. 

Government Document

National Center for Education Statistics. New Americans in Postsecondary Education: A Profile of Immigrant and

Second-Generation American Undergraduates. United States Department of Accessed 14

July 2016

Blog Post

Doyne, Shannon. "Poetry Pairing: Invitation to Love." Poetry Pairings, 19 Feb.

2016,  Accessed 19 July 2016. 


@geofhuth. "Stirrings in the Archives." Twitter, 21 June 2016, 1:41p.m., Accessed 19 July 2016. 


From Purdue Owl: "It is a good idea to list your date of access [in website citations] because web postings are often updated, and information available on one date may no longer be available later. When using the URL, be sure to include the complete address for the site except for the https://."

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