MLA Style for Documenting Online Resources

The following very basic guidelines are the Spangler Library's interpretation of the Modern Language Association's guidelines for citing electronic publications as described in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, sixth edition, 2003. The intent of this site is only to assist our students with the basic format for citing electronic resources, and not to replace the actual MLA handbook. Please consult the official MLA Web site or the MLA Handbook for more detailed information. Copies can be found in the Spangler Library under the Call Number LB2369 .G53 2003.

In the examples below, please note that the second and subsequent lines are indented five spaces. Your screen might not display this correctly.

Citing a Web page:

Author/editor (if known). Title. Last update or Copyright date. Institution or sponsoring organization Access Day Month Year. <URL>.


Hoemann, George H. and Mary E. Myers. The American Civil War Home page. 22 Sept. 2000 University of Tennessee. 26 Sept. 2000. <>.

Citing an online (WWW) article:

Author. "Article Title." Periodical Title Article date. Access Day Month Year <URL>.


Landsburg, Steven E. "Who Shall Inherit the Earth?" Slate 1 May 1997. 2 May 1997 <>.

Citing an article from an online database service accessed through the library, such as EBSCOhost, or Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe:

Author/editor. "Title of article." Journal Title Volume Issue # Date: Number of Pages (if known). Database Name. Service Name. Library Name, City, Access Day Month Year <URL>.


Alter, Jonathan, et al. "The Death Penalty On Trial." Newsweek 12 Apr. 2000: 10 p. Academic Search Premiere. EBSCOhost. Spangler Library, Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing. 26 Sept. 2000 <,/ehost>.

Wilgoren, Jodi. "The 2000 Campaign: The Voucher issue." New York Times 21 Sept. 2000, late ed. : C24+. Lexis-Nexis Academic. Lexis-Nexis. Spangler Library, Atlantic Cape Community College, Mays Landing. 26 Sept. 2000 <>.