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Full citation for a webpage (MLA style, 8th ed.)

To assemble a full citation in MLA (8th edition) for any source, you should use the Template of Core Concepts as a guide.

Click here to view the full template for MLA 8th edition, or look at the condensed version created by Prof. Sheldon, below.

1. The author’s name for the content: Lastname, Firstname.
2. Title. ("In Quotation Marks" for a chapter, article, or web page; In Italics for a book, periodical, or website)
3. Title of Container, (following same formatting rules as above)
Contributors, (editors, translators, etc., with names written normally)
5. Version, (edition of book, if applicable, including "e-book")
6. Number, (vol. and issue no., if applicable)
7. Publisher, (publishing company for books, hosting organization for websites)

8. Publication date, (formatted Day Month Year - Example: 22 Jan. 2020)
9. Location. (page range, DOI, or URL)
10. Title of Second Container, (database or website where the source was found, In Italics)
11. DOI or URL.
                Not familiar with some of these terms? Scroll down to view the GLOSSARY

Citations should...

  • be double-spaced
  • use hanging indentation (all lines beyond the first line are indented 1/2 inch)
  • be alphabetized

Sample Citation

Here is a sample citation for the source used as models of in-text citations--a magazine article found in a library database.

Glossary - MLA style

You're probably already able to identify several of the elements required to assemble a full citation, such as the source's author or title. But other elements may be new to you. Look at the following glossary to learn more.

Glossary - MLA 8th edition                                                                                           

In what package (or what format) did you find the source? A printed book? An ebook? A short story? A magazine? A web page? A database?

Keep in mind: information may be packaged in one container that in turn is contained by another, different container. For instance: You might read a magazine article that is packaged in a library database. Or you might read a short story that is packaged on a web page. You have to provide required elements for both containers.

(Digital Object Identifier)
A DOI, or digital object identifier, is a number that is assigned to an electronic article by its publisher. Only articles published after 2000 may have a DOI, and not every article has one. 
How could a person later look this item up? If it's a book or journal article, using what page numbers? If it's an electronic source, using what DOI (digital object identifier) or URL (website address)? 

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