How to Cite Websites

Alright, people, here’s the skinny on how to cite a webpage. This guide is designed with simplicity in mind, so it’s going to be sparse. Here we go…

There are three “styles” which one can possibly use to cite any particular reference. These three styles are: MLA style, APA style, and Chicago style. The particular style you should use is dependent upon your school or university. It is possible that your particular school or university will permit any style of citation. If not, check with your teacher or professor to find out which style their institution accepts or prefers.

It is important to note that some or most of the information that follows may not be available. If so, cite the information that is available and leave the rest out. Parts of citation where availability of information is unlikely are marked with an asterisk (*).

MLA: The MLA style of referencing websites is as follows:

Author*. “Title of Page"

Title of Webpage (underlined). Editor*. Publication or update date*. Sponsor*. Date you visited the site <site URL>

-The author of the site may also be identified by the terms compiler or maintainer. If no such person is identified, begin with the title of the page, and be sure to underline the title. The title of the page is different from the title of the webpage in that the page was created for the webpage. One is larger than, and contains, the other. The title of the page can be found, most often, on top of the page one is viewing at that exact moment- think of it as what was on your screen when you obtained the actual information you are using. The webpage itself is the entirety of the site, or the home name. The Webpage title is, most likely, the title of the page found on the site’s home page. Honestly, the editor is often not available. If the information is there, use it. If not, go on. The sponsor would be some larger organization or individual who has brought the webpage into being. In most cases, the name of the sponsor will be the domain name (Example: if you have a website with the domain name the sponsor would very likely be yogabuddies incorporated, or the yogabuddies group, etc.). The URL of the page is in the address field on your browser.


Author*. (Date of Publication*). Title of Webpage. Month day, and year you visited the site, from URL.

-Again, the URL is to be given here, but without the arrows. The title of the webpage should be given in italics. If there is no date given for the webpage’s publication, put n.d. in the parenthesis, to indicate “no date.” If only the year is given, give only the year. An example of this would be- (1997). Here, if you are taking a specific article from a larger site, give both the page or article title and the site title in the Title of Webpage field.


Author*. “Title of Page.” Title of Website. URL (Date you visited the site).

-Again, we have the same distinctions between webpage title and website title. Be careful here. Otherwise, this style is pretty straightforward.

Hope this Hub was helpful. Good luck with all your endeavors.

Until next time,


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Comments 25 comments

kary 7 years ago

this site is pretty much super helpful!

andrew 7 years ago


BG 7 years ago

Very helpful and informative. Could be extended to include some examples for each.

DoubleD 7 years ago

This site would have helped if examples were included for each...I don't know what a sponser is but could have figured it out with and example.

7 years ago

i agree with DoubleD, this website could use examples to help us out. it was very helpful anyways.

ola 6 years ago

helpful ty

Andrew 6 years ago

Very useful, thanks heaps!!!!!

danie 6 years ago

Lastname, Firstname. "Article Title." Site Name. Organization Name. Article date. Web. Date of access

Eugene 6 years ago

More examples would help

zoey 6 years ago

How do u cite a website??

Me 6 years ago

Just saying but the most current version of MLA don't need the URL so im guessing this is not the most current version

ngussa 6 years ago

this cite is worth!

Jamie 5 years ago

did not help at all!

anon 5 years ago

If you read the article it will tell you what a sponsor is and if you are wondering one how to "site" a website, it tells you exactly what needs to be included, so if you don't understand the information given then that's your default when everything is in laymons terms...

Marissa 5 years ago

No help at all i don't know what any of this stuff means

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Small town girl 5 years ago

somewhat helpful still confused

Amanda O. 5 years ago

Usefull..more examples. to be quite honest this didn't help me very much at all. I figured out the just of it on several other websites.

MAthew 5 years ago

Thank you!

I'm writing my nearly due rogerian argument paper and you saved me valuable time!


kiash 5 years ago

Thanks! Grate Hub!

Roz 5 years ago

This woould be more helpful if there were examples.

you 5 years ago

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Leesh 5 years ago

This actually gave me straightforward information and helped a lot thank youuuuuu. :D

sibusiso 4 years ago

the is actually nothing much here plz put more examples

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