Answered By: Jessica Tipton
Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017     Views: 155

For MLA 8 you need to include a URL or web address to help readers locate your sources. MLA only requires the www. address, so eliminate all https:// when citing URLs.

Many scholarly journal articles found in databases include a DOI (digital object identifier. If a DOI is available, cite the DOI number instead of the URL.

Online newspapers and magazines sometimes include a “permalink,” which is a shortened, stable version of a URL. Look for a “share” or “cite this” button to see if a source includes a permalink. If you can find a permalink, use that instead of a URL.

URLs should not be underlined in citations.

 

Sample Article from Database Citation:

 

Langhamer, Claire. “Love and Courtship in Mid-Twentieth-Century England.” Historical Journal, vol. 50, no. 1, 2007, pp. 173-96. ProQuest, doi:10.1017/S0018246X06005966. Accessed 27 May 2009.

 

 

Sample Website Citation:

 

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue U, 2008, owl.english.purdue.edu/owl. Accessed 23 Apr. 2008.

 

For more assistance with citations, please visit the JCCC Writing Center or check out the Purdue Online Writing Lab site on MLA style.

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