Cite Right: MLA Style for Web Sites

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Web site


Web site citations require author (the author may be an individual or an organization), the title, the date (which is often in fine print at the bottom of the web site), and the URL. They need to be reformatted and rearranged in order to comply with MLA style guidelines. For this example, take a look at the correct format:

Bain and Company. “Merger Integration.” 2016, 



And finally, to cite an image you found on the Web you need the author, the title of the image, the name of the organization that posted the page, its date, what kind of image it is (for example, a chart or a painting), the word "Web", and the date that you accessed the image. In this example, the image does not have a date, so use “n.d.” which stands for “no date.” They need to be reformatted and rearranged in order to comply with MLA style guidelines. Take a look at the correct format:

Planman Consulting. “HR People: Business Partners.” Chart. N.d.,

In-text citations


Here is the citation in the Works Cited list we will cite in-text:

Cartwright, Susan, et al. “Are Mergers Always Stressful? Some Evidence from the Higher Education Sector.” European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, vol. 16, no. 4, 2007, pp. 456-478. Business Source Complete, doi:10.1037/t10120-000.

In text-citations usually require the author's name and the page number for the paraphrased idea or direct quote, all enclosed in parentheses.

"If individuals feel that their views were not listened to, their negativity towards the merger or acquisition is likely to be heightened” (Cartwright et al. 457).

For more citation examples, go to the UMUC library Web site.


Thanks Mike. That really explains a lot!  Now that I know how to cite properly I can go back and redo my paper.  I’m sure to get an “A” now.


You’re welcome.  And remember, you can always contact the UMUC library if you have more questions.

The following week in the Pictograph studios lunchroom.


Hi Quentin, you look so happy!


I am, Danielle.  I just got my paper back and I got an “A.”  The professor even commented that my citations were excellent.  I was really glad I called the UMUC librarian for help.  Now I know the importance of citation in academic research as well as how to do it properly.  This will really help me in all of my UMUC classes.


Those UMUC librarians are so helpful, I may take some classes there myself!

The Result

Quentin went on to finish his program at UMUC and graduated with a 4.0 grade point average. He was able to leave his executive position at Pictograph studios and he now heads his own major motion picture studio.