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Citation Help for MLA, 8th Edition: Web Page

An introduction to MLA Style.

Month Abbreviations

According to p. 95 of the MLA Handbook 8th ed. Spell out months in the body of your paper and abbreviate as follows in your works cited list:

January = Jan.
February = Feb.
March = Mar.
April = Apr.
May = May
June = June
July = July
August = Aug.
September = Sept.
October = Oct.
November = Nov.
December = Dec.

No author?

Example with an author:
Lustig, T. Gutenberg: First modern inkmaker? The inventor of movable type probably also created the first workable printing ink. Spiral, 2015.

If this article did not have an author it would be cited as:
Gutenberg: First Modern Inkmaker? The Inventor of Movable Type Probably Also Created the First Workable Printing Ink. Spiral, 2015.

Start with the name of the article, book, or web page if no author is given.


The Library of Congress. "American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920." American Memory, 3 Dec.

        2013, Accessed 15 May 2016.


Author of the site: The Library of Congress.
List whoever is responsible for the site and end with a comma. If it is a personal name, last name first, then first and middle names. Start with the name of the web site if no clear author is given. End with a period.

Title of the Web page: "American Notes: Travels in America, 1750-1920."
This page is a smaller unit of information (i.e. article) featured on a larger, or main page. Therefore it is presented in quotes. If you are citing a main page, skip this section. End with a period.

Title and subtitle of the overall Web site: American Memory,
Italicize and end with a comma.

Date of electronic publication, of the latest update, or of posting: 3 Dec. 2015,
Use appropriate abbreviation for month. End with a comma.

Web address, or URL, of the source:
List the address for the web page with a period for ending punctuation. "When giving a URL, copy it in full from your Web browser, but omit http:// or https://." [MLA Handbook, 8th ed., p. 110]. Substitute the DOI for the URL if available.

Date when you accessed the web page: Accessed 15 May 2016.
Date you accessed (viewed) the page preceded by the word Accessed. Use the appropriate abbreviation for months. End citation with a period.

[The above information is based on the MLA Handbook 8th edition and Purdue OWL]