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, 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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