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Citation Guide: Articles-Web

A guide to citing your sources

Basic Format

Online periodicals include both the name of the website in italics and the website publisher. Note that some sites will have different names than their print formats, such as ones that include a domain name like .com or .org. If no publisher is listed, use N.p. to denote no publisher name given. Follow with date of publication, Web as medium of publication, and date of access.

  1. Name of website (italicized)
  2. Publisher
  3. Date of publication
  4. Medium of publication
  5. Date of access

Article in a Web Magazine p.184

Provide the author name, article name in quotation marks, title of the Web magazine in italics, publisher name, publication date, medium of publication, and the date of access. Remember to use n.p. if no publisher name is available and n.d. if not publishing date is given.

Barnard, Neal. "Ask the Doc: Omega-3s & Your Health." Vegetarian Times. Cruz Bay, 2009. Web. 4 Aug. 2009.

"Window Style Primer: Choose the Right Type of Window for Your Home and Lifestyle." Better Homes and Gardens. Meredith
   Corp. n.d. Web. 3 June 2009.

Article in an Online Scholarly Journal p.190

For all online scholarly journals, provide the author(s) name(s), the name of the article in quotation marks, the title of the publication in italics, all volume and issue numbers, and the year of publication.

Online-only Scholarly Journal

Xu, X. P., and F. Liu. "Coherent Exciton Transport on Scale-free Networks." New Journal of Physics 10 (2008): n.
   pag. Web. 21 June 2009.

Online Scholarly Journal That Also Appears in Print

Hebbar, Pratibha B., and Trevor K. Archer. "Chromatin-dependent Cooperativity between Site-specific Transcription Factors
   in Vivo." Journal of Biological Chemistry 282.11 (2007): 8284-8291. Web. 17 May 2009.

* Note: Hanging indents

All MLA citations should be formatted with the first line of an entry flush left and successive lines indented 1/2 ". Use a hanging indent. Do not go by the spacing in the examples we're providing in this guide, as your screen's display format may be different.

If you are using Word follow the steps below. You can select options on the Indents and Spacing tab.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, click the Paragraph Dialog Box Launcher, and then click the Indents and Spacing tab.
  2. In the Special list under Indentation, click Hanging, and then in the By box, set the amount of space that you want for the hanging indent. (0.5" = 1/2 inch)