2. Tricky Citation Information (MLA 8th ed.)

In this section, you’ll practice creating citations from materials you might find. We’ll also talk about finding and identifying tricky citation information, like the title of the website, or the name of a journal.

Websites & Blogs

A reminder about the pieces of information you’ll need to collect:

  • Author(s) (if available)
  • Title of the website
  • Organization which published or sponsored the website
  • Date when the website was published
  • Date you accessed the website


Here’s what that looks like if you were gathering information to cite this webpage created by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA):mla-website1

Completed Citation

“Hurricane Sandy: Conservation Resources.” MoMA, www.moma.org/explore/collection/conservation/recovery. Accessed 27 March 2018.



Completed Citation

Davidson, Cathy. “The Humanities As Survival Skill.” HASTAC, 14 July 2015, www.hastac.org/blogs/cathy-davidson/2015/07/14/humanities-survival-skill. Accessed 27 March 2018.

Quick tips for identifying relevant website information

  • If you can’t find an author’s name, look for an “about” page or an “information page.” The author’s name might be listed there. The same goes for the publisher or sponsor of the website.
  • The date a page was published might be listed at the bottom of the page, in the page footer. Some blogs incorporate the publication date into each post URL.

Journal Articles

A reminder about the pieces of information you’ll need to collect:

  • Author(s)
  • Title of the article
  • Title of the journal
  • Volume and issue number
  • Date when the article was published
  • Page numbers where the article appears
  • Database where you found the article, if available
  • DOI or URL
  • Date you accessed the article

Example 1

If you downloaded an article from JSTOR, here’s how you’d gather the information you need to create a citation:


(DOI was located on second page of the article)

Completed Citation

Carlisle, Juliet E. and Robert C. Patton. “Is Social Media Changing How We Understand Political Engagement? An Analysis of Facebook and the 2008 Presidential Election.” Political Research Quarterly, vol. 66, no. 4, Dec. 2013, pp. 883-95. JSTOR, doi:10.1177/1065912913482758. Accessed 27 March 2018.

Example 2

And here’s the relevant information you would need to cite this article you read in ProQuest:

Completed Citation

Overby, Alexandra and Brian L. Jones. “Virtual LEGOs: Incorporating Minecraft into the Art Education Curriculum.” Art Education, vol. 68, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 21-27. ProQuest, ezproxy.msu.edu.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/login?url=https://search-proquest-com.proxy1.cl.msu.edu/docview/1640489539?accountid=12598. Accessed 27 March 2018.

Quick tips for identifying relevant article information

  • Don’t confuse the publisher or database where you found the journal with the name of the journal! The name of the journal often appears in the header of each article, on the cover page of the article (if available), or will be listed along with the article’s abstract.
  • The database name is usually listed at the top of the abstract page, or on the article’s cover page (if available).


A reminder about the pieces of information you’ll need to collect:

  • Author(s) or editor(s)
  • Title of the book
  • Name of the publisher
  • Date the book was published


If you were going to cite this book on the prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean, here is the information you would need:


Completed Citation

Knapp, A. Bernard and Peter Ban Dommelen, editors. The Cambridge Prehistory of the Bronze and Iron Age Mediterranean. Cambridge University Press, 2014.

Quick tips for identifying relevant book information

  • Look at the title page and other front matter of the book to complete your citation. The information you need will usually be listed either on the title page, or on the page directly following (the one with all the fine print).

Knowledge Check

Please note: this is not a graded quiz that your instructor will see; this is an activity that allows you to check your own understanding of the material so far. Please submit the quiz in D2L to receive credit for completing this material.

Receive Credit

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