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Research Guide: Citations: ONLINE SOURCES - MLA Works Cited

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Citing Websites, Email..etc. - MLA

Websites and Electronic Communication

"Cher." A&E Television, 2008.​ 7 Feb. 2009. 

Peace, Richard. “Fathers and Children: Understanding Nature.” The Novels of Turgenev: Symbols and Emblems.  U of Bristol P, 20 July 2002. Accessed 5 May 2005.

Websites – online government publications

United States Department of Justice. "Trends in Violent Victimization by Age, 1973-2005." Bureau of Justice Statistics, United States Department of Justice, 10 Sept. 2006. Accessed 24 Sept. 2016. 

E-mails and discussion lists

​Woodward, Julian. “Newborn FAQs.” Received by Michelle Roberts, 28 Mar. 2008.

Stein, Cindy. “Chessie Rescue - Annapolis MD." Received by Chessie-L listserv, 16 May 1997.

Citing Online Audio-Visual Materials - MLA

Online Audio Visual Sources

Radio and TV episodes/segments from Library Databases:

"Beyond Vick: Animal Cruelty for Sport." Morning Edition, NPR, 8 Aug. 2007. Academic OneFile, 828779?accountid=1558. Accessed 5 May 2008. 

Radio and TV episodes/segments from websites:

"Federal Prosecutors Eye MySpace Bullying Case." All Things Considered, NPR, 14 Jan. 2008. Accessed 15 Jan. 2008.

Films and film clips on the web:

"The Landlord." Funny or Die, 2007, ?_cc=__d___&_ccid=4fab531c-3e90-49f0-a9e2-1ddc91844d1e. Accessed 15 Jan. 2008. 

Lectures, speeches, addresses, readings, and other web video presentations:

Bittman, Mark. "What’s Wrong with What We Eat." TEDTalks, TED Conferences, Dec.2007, what_s_wrong_with_what_we_eat?language=en. Accessed 18 May 2009. Speech. 

Artwork from Library Databases:

Clark, Larry. Man with Baby. Circa 1960. ARTstor,
jY5MTs4YVN7R3IgW38vfA%3D%3D&userId=gjtOdDop&zoomparams=. Accessed 15 Jan. 2008. 

Artwork from the web:

Close, Chuck. Ronald. 2002. The Museum of Modern Art, Accessed 23 Sept. 2016. 

Adams, Ansel. Catherine Natsuko Yamaguchi, Nurse. 1943. Library of Congress, Accessed 23 Sept. 2016. 

Photograph from the web:

Viewing the Unfortunates at the Morgue. 2005. The Triangle Factory File, Cornell University, Accessed 23 Sept. 2016. 

Citing Articles from Library Databases- MLA 8th Edition

Articles from Library Databases

Article from a database:

Cooper, Mary H. "America's Pampered Pets." CQ Researcher, vol. 6, no. 48, 27 Dec. 1996, pp. 1129-52. CQ Researcher Online,
cqres. Accessed 6 Nov. 2000.

Journal article from a database:

Doyle, Christine. "Louisa May Alcott: New Texts and Contexts." Children's Literature. vol.27, 1999, pp. 211-17. ProQuest. Accessed 15 Sep. 2016.

Journal article from a database with a doi:

DeMaria, Anthony N. "A Structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid." Journal of the American College of Cardiology, vol. 42, no. 2, 2003, pp. 373-74. ProQuest Periodicals, https://doi.og/10.1016/S0735-1097(03)00800-3. Accessed 15 Sept. 2016. 

Journal article with two authors:

Bishop, Kay, and Melanie A. Kimball. "Engaging Students in Storytelling." Teacher Librarian, vol. 33, no. 4, 2006, pp. 28-31. Academic OneFile, Accessed 20 Oct. 2003.

Journal article with three or more authors:

Brinkworth, Grant D., et al. "Long-Term Effects of a very-Low-Carbohydrate Weight Loss Diet Compared with an Isocaloric Low-Fat Diet After 12 Mo."  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 90. no. 1, 2009,p.23.ProQuest Research Library, Accessed 15 Sep. 2016.

*for 3 or more authors, just list the first author (last, first), followed by et. al. as shown here.

Journal article with no author:

Anonymous. "Estate Planning for Fido and Fluffy" Journal of Financial Planning, vol. 20, no. 11, Nov. 2007, p. 14. ProQuest Research Library, Accessed 15 Jan. 2008.

Newspaper article:

Berthelsen, Christian. "Mattel Sues Publisher Over Barbie Essays." New York Times, late ed., 6 Dec. 1999, sec. C, p. 18. ProQuest Periodicals, Accessed 4 June 2013.

Magazine article:

Fowler, Paige. "The Imperfect Man's Guide To Perfect Health." Men's Health, vol.30, no. 10, Dec. 2015, pp. 70-72. Academic Search Complete, login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=11067671
8&site=ehost-live&scope=site. Accessed 15 Sept. 2016. 

Original Content in a Database:

"Nursing Assistants - Duties." Career Planner, SchoolData. Accessed 20 Nov.


Electronic (Digital) Books

eBooks from Library Databases:

Dzau, Victor J. and Mark A. Creager. "Chapter 231: Diseases of the Aorta." Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, McGraw-Hill, 1999.  Access Medicine. Accessed 7 Sept. 2006.

Kaplan, Temma. "Human Rights for Women Are Receiving Greater Attention." Human Rights, editerd by Laura K. Egendorf. Greenhaven Press, 2004. Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center. Accessed 6 Nov. 2006.

"Narcissistic Personality Disorder." Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, APA, 2000. STAT!Ref. Teton Data Systems, Accessed 24 Sept. 2016. 

"Prairie Oysters." Rawson's Dictionary of Euphemisms and Other Doubletalk, Hugh Rawson, 2002. Credo Reference,
sters/0. Accessed 24 Sep 2016.

Price, Joanna. "Bret Easton Ellis: Overview." Contemporary Novelists, 6th edition, edited by Susan Windisch Brown, St. James Press, 1996. Literature Resource Center.
​Window?disableHighlighting=false&displayGroupName=Magazines&currPage=&scanId=&query. Accessed 7 Jan. 2008.

MLA Citation Examples

The following citation is an article, with no author, from a website.

"Cher." A&E Television, 2008.​ 7 Feb. 2009.  

This table shows how the elements of this citation look within the MLA formula template.

MLA Works Cited Citations Formula Example

Title of Source.

Title of Container,
Publisher, A&E Television,
Publication date, 2008,


Additional Container
Title of Container,  
Publication date,  
Access date. 7 Feb. 2020.

The following citation is for journal article, with two authors, located in a database.

Bishop, Kay, and Melanie A. Kimball. "Engaging Students in Storytelling." Teacher Librarian, vol. 33, no. 4, 2006, pp. 28-31. Academic OneFile, Accessed 20 Oct. 2003.

This table shows how the elements of this citation look within the MLA formula template.

MLA Works Cited Citations Formula Example
Author. Bishop, Kay, and Melanie A. Kimball.
Title of Source. "Engaging Students in Storytelling." 
Title of Container, Teacher Librarian
Number, vol. 33, no. 4,
Publication date, 2006
Location. 28-31.
Additional Container
Title of Container, Academic OneFile,
Publication date,  





Access date. 20 Oct. 2020