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MLA Style

A guide to MLA style citations for Lincoln Christian University students.

Web resources come in a variety of types and each type requires variations in how the reference list entry and parenthetical citation are constructed. APA notes that items posted online may not contain needed publication facts.  Nonetheless, citations must contain more than simply the URL which may change or be deleted. 


Websites follow the pattern provided for all MLA citations. MLA does note that if the website is both written and published by the same organization, begin the citation with the title of the source. Professors may require you to include the accessed date.

WC: “Child Nutrition.” Bread for the World. 18 May 2015. Accessed 11 November 2018.

P: ("Child Nutrition")

WC: "What is a Refugee?" USA for UNHCR. Accessed 18 September 2018.

P: ("What is a Refugee?")


 Entries posted on a blog by the author or an approved guest blogger should be cited in the same format as a web site. Professors may require you to include an access date shown here. 

WC: Kaiser, Walt. "On 'Jesus vs. Paul' a response to Scot McKnight by Walt Kaiser." Koinonia Blog. 8 December 2010, Accessed 31 January 2014.

P: (Kaiser)

Sometimes a comment posted in response to a blog entry is significant and may need to be cited. The title should be identified as a comment. Identify the author of the comment if available; however, some author's utilize a nickname or screen name.

WC: McKnight, Scot. Comment on "On 'Jesus vs. Paul' a response to Scott McKnight by Walt Kaiser". Koinonia Blog. 8 December 2010, Accessed 31 January 2014.

P: (McKnight)

Social Media

MLA indicates a tweet or other short untitled message should be reproduced in full in place of the title. Include the date and time stamp as well. 

WC: @cktygrett. "We don't need more Scripture, liturgy, or community. We need the wisdom to know what these all mean & how to live in the real world through them." Twitter, 28 April 2015, 10:36 a.m.,


P: (@cktygrett)