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MLA 8 Citation Guide

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Document from a web site with no author

If no author name is given, but the page is from a domain that includes .org, you may be able to list the name of the organization as the author, like this:
Reference list: 

 Name of Organization Title of Web Document. Title of Website, Date if given,  URL of specific document. Access date if advisable.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Animals Used for Food. PETA,

In-Text Citation:

(Name of organization, Page or paragraph number if available)


(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)


If, however, there is no specific organization responsible for the web site's content, follow this format:

Reference list:

Title or Appropriate Title of Specific Document.  Title of Website, Date if given,  URL of the Site. Accessed date as appropriate.


Osteoarthritis Overview., 2017, Accessed 2 March 2018.

In-Text Citation:

("Title of Specific Document" page or paragraph number if available)


("Osteoarthritis overview")

Helpful Tips:
  • When citing sources that you find on the Internet you only need to include a accessdate if the information you use is likely to change over time
  • Sometimes websites are missing pieces of information that you would typically use when citing them, like an author or a date.  In that case, just adjust citation

Citing Web Resources