Sources from the World Wide

Sources on the World Wide Web that students and scholars use in their research include scholarly projects, reference databases, the texts of books, articles in periodicals, and professional and personal sites. Entries in a works-cited list for such sources contain as many items from the list below as are relevant and available. Following this list are sample entries for some common kinds of Web sources.

1. Name of the author, editor, compiler, or translator of the source (if available and relevant), reversed for alphabetizing and followed by an abbreviation, such as ed., if appropriate.

2. Title of a poem, short story, article, or similar short work within a scholarly project, database, or periodical (in quotation marks); or title of a posting to a discussion list or forum (taken from the subject line and put in quotation marks), followed by the description Online posting.

3. Title of a book (underlined).

4. Name of the editor, compiler, or translator of the text (if relevant and if not cited earlier), preceded by the appropriate abbreviation, such as "ed."

5. Publication information for any print version of the source.

6. Title of the scholarly project, database, periodical, or professional or personal site (underlined); or, for a professional or personal site with no title, a description such as Home Page.

7. Name of the editor of the scholarly project or database (if available.

8. Version number of the source (if not part of the title) or, for a journal, the volume number, issue number, or other identifying number.

9. Date of electronic publication, of the latest update, or of posting.

10. For a work from a subscription service, the name of the service and--if a library is the subscriber--the name and city (and state abbreviation, if necessary) of the library.

11. For a posting to a discussion list or forum, the name of the list or forum.

12. The number range or total number of pages, paragraphs, or other sections, if they are numbered.

13. Name of any institution or organization sponsoring or associated with the Web site.

14. Date when the researcher accessed the source.

15. Electronic address, or URL, of the source <in angle brackets>; or, for a subscription service, the URL of the service's main page (if known) or the keyword assigned by the service.

For more information about MLA documentation for electronic sources: <> Scholarly Project

Victorian Women Writers Project. Ed. Perry Willett. Apr. 1997. Indiana U. 26 Apr. 1997 <>.

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