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The information below pertains to MLA 7th Edition.

When all information for a web page is present, the basic format is:

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Name of Site. Version number. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site (sponsor or publisher), date of resource creation (if available). Medium of publication. Date of access.


Felluga, Dino. Guide to Literary and Critical Theory. Purdue U, 28 Nov. 2003. Web. 10 May 2006.

“Overview of American Whaling.” New Bedford Whaling Museum. Old Dartmouth Hist. Soc/New Bedford Whaling    Museum, 2006. Web. 27 Oct. 2008.

URLs in MLA 7 citations

MLA no longer requires URLs in the citations mainly because Web addresses are not static and change frequently.  MLA reasons that sources can usually be found in databases or search engines by searching for author and title.

But for instructors who still require the use of URLs, then the URL should appear in angle brackets after the date of access. Break URLs only after slashes.

Aristotle. Poetics. Trans. S. H. Butcher. The Internet Classics Archive. Web Atomic and Massachusetts Institute of    Technology, 13 Sept. 2007. Web. 4 Nov. 2008. ‹›.

MLA 7 citation features:  

  • MLA style calls for a sponsor or a publisher for most online sources.

  • MLA defines a short work as works not of book length or that are internal pages of a web site.
  • If the web page or document is missing the sponsor or publisher, use the abbreviation “N.p.” (for “No publisher”) in the sponsor position.

  • If there is no date of publication or update, use “n.d.” (for “no date”) after the sponsor.

  • If the page numbers are missing from the resource then use the abbreviation “n. pag.”

  • For Medium of publication, use Web.