How to Cite Online Material from a Computer Network in MLA

  • World Wide Website

    For citing an entire website, begin with (1) the name of the author or corporate author (if known) and (2) the title of the site, underlined. Then give (3) the names of any editors, (5) the name of any sponsoring organization, (6) The date published or last update, (7) Medium of publication: web (8) The date of access. Provide as much of this information as possible.

    Peterson, Susan Lynn. The Life of Martin Luther. 1999. Web. 13 April 2013.

    Margaret Sanger Papers Project. New York U, 18 Oct. 2000. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.

    For citing a shorter work within a website (articles, poems, and other documents that are not book length) include as many of the following elements as apply and as are available: (1) author’s name; (2) title of the short work, in quotation marks; (3) title of the site, italicized; (4) sponsor of the website (5) date of publication or last update; (6) Medium of publication: web (7) date you accessed the source

    Shiva, Vandana. “Bioethics: A Third World Issue.” NativeWeb. 15 Sept. 2001. Web. 13 April 2013.

    Online Scholarly Project or Reference Database

    For an online source accessed from within a larger scholarly project or reference database, begin with the author (if any) and title of the source, followed by any editors or translators. Use quotation marks for titles of short works such as poems and articles; underline or italicize book and periodical titles. Include publication information for any print version of the source before giving the title of the on-line project or database (underlined or italicized), followed by the author or editor of the project or database, the date of electronic publication (or latest update); page or paragraph numbers (if any); the name of any institution or organization sponsoring or associated with the site;  and the date of access.

    Swift, Jonathan. “A Modest Proposal.” 1729. Eighteenth-Century Studies. Ed. Geoffrey Sauer. The English Server. U of Washington, 7 Mar. 2001. Web. 3 April 2013.

    Jacobs, Harriet Ann. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Boston, 1861. Documenting the American South: The Southern Experience in Nineteenth-Century America. Edu. Ji-Hae Yoon and Natalia Smith. Academic Affairs Lib., U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1998. Web. 3 March 2013.


    For correspondence received via electronic mail, include the author, the subject line (if any) in quotation marks, and the word “E-mail” followed by the recipient and the date of the message.

    Schubert, Josephine. “Re: Culture Shock,” E-mail to the author. 14 Mar. 1998.


    Some works on CD-ROM, such as dictionaries and encyclopedias, are released in single editions that are not updated periodically. Treat such sources as you would a book, but give the medium (“CD-ROM”) before the publication information.

    Sheehy, Donald, ed. Robert Frost: Poems, Life, Legacy. CD-ROM. New York: 1997.