Citing Sources

  • New MLA Citation Examples (from Lane Community College)

    Color-Coded Citation Guide (from Long Island University Library)



    Citing an Article from a Website (if located using search engine such as Google, Bing, Sweet Search, etc. – NOT if located using database such as Primary Search (Searchasaurus) or Infosearch – then you’d use the citation provided by the database or the “Periodical Article from Database” guide below:

    1. Author (if known) Last Name, First Name Middle Initial if applicable.
    2. "Title of article."
    3. Title of complete work. (name of actual website - if relevant, italicized)
    4. Date of resource creation / publication.
    5. Web.
    6. Date of access.


    Norton, Robert J. "An Overview of John Wilkes Booth's Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln."

    Abraham Lincoln's Assassination. 8 August 1999. Web. 28 Nov. 1999.

    "Statistical Summary:  America's Major Wars."  The U.S. Civil War Center. 7 July 1999.
           Web. 4 Aug. 1999.

    Citing a General Website:

    1.    Editor, author or compiler name (if available).

    2.    Name of Site.

    3.    Name of institution, organization affiliated with site (sponsor or publisher),

    4.    Date of resource creation (if available).

    5.    Web.

    6.    Date of access.


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

    Citing a Periodical Article (from Database or Print)

    1.  Author’s Last Name, First.

    2.  “Title of Article.”

    3.  Title of Periodical. (Italics or Underlined)

    4.  Volume.Issue number, if available

    5.  (Year Published): pages. (Ex. 4-6 if sequential, 4+ if not)

    6.  Database Name.

    7.  Web.

    8.  Date of access.


    Smith, Natalie. “Tall Giraffes.” Scholastic SuperScience  21.7 (2010): 6-9. Primary Search.  Web. 13 Feb. 2012.

    Print Periodical Article the same EXCEPT change “Web and date of access” to “Print.” 

    Citing a Book:

    1. Author Last Name, First.  (If more than one, list in the order they are given in the book, listing the second author as First Name Last Name).
    2. Title of book.   (in italics) (underlined if handwritten)
    3. City of publication:
    4. Publisher, date of publication.   


    Smith, Elizabeth, and David Wright. Rocks and Minerals. Chicago: Macmillan, 1995.