As of the eighth edition of the MLA Handbook, all citations follow a standard format, with elements omitted if they do not apply to the source:
Author/creator. Title of source. Title of container, Other contributors, Version, Number, Publisher, Publication date, Location.
In the case of online sources, the definitions for each of these elements are as follows.
If you found the item in a database, you will need to repeat the following two elements at the end of your citation:
If you found the item on the open Web (not through a database – for example, a Tweet or a personal blog entry), you’ll need to include the Date Accessed at the end of the citation. Since content from the open Web can be updated or removed at any time, it’s important to include the date you used the material.
When you create your Works Cited page, it should have the following elements:
Usually, you’ll use only part of a website (a section or article – see the next example). Only cite an entire website if you really did use all of it.
Occupational Outlook Handbook. United States, Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
http://www.bls.gov/ooh/. Accessed 22 June 2016.
SECTION / ARTICLE FROM A WEBSITE
Cush, Andy. “Hours After Brexit Vote, Leader of ‘Leave’ Movement Admits One Major Promise Was a Sham.” Gawker,
24 June 2016, http://gawker.com/hours-after-brexit-vote-leader-of-leave-movement-adm-1782570341. Accessed 24
United States, Congress, House. “Survey Says!...It's Time for #CuresNow!” Energy and Commerce Committee,
23 June 2016, https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/news/survey-says-it-s-time-curesnow. Accessed 24
VIDEO FROM A DATABASE
Haffner, Craig, and Donna E. Lusitana, executive producers. The Presidents: 1865-1885. The History Channel,
2005. Films on Demand, http://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=95465&xtid=43177.
“I Wasn't Ready.” Orange Is the New Black, created by Jenji Kohan, performance by Taylor Schilling, season 1,
episode 1, Tilted Productions, 2013. Netflix, https://www.netflix.com/watch/70259443.
VIDEO FROM THE OPEN WEB
Aranda, Michael, host. “Sprites, Jets, and Glowing Balls: The Science of Lightning.” SciShow, 23
June 2016, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzNk4w2k2h0. Accessed 24 June 2016.
Gage, Greg. “How to Control Someone Else’s Arm with Your Brain.” TED Talks, March 2015,
https://www.ted.com/talks/greg_gage_how_to_control_someone_else_s_arm_with_your_brain. Accessed 24
STATISTA / SAGE STATS
“Annual Average Unemployment Rate for Men (State) (2014).” United States, Department of Labor, Bureau of
Labor Statistics, 2014. Sage Stats, http://data.sagepub.com/sagestats/4013. Accessed 24 June 2016.
“Global Cotton Production Volume from 1990 to 2016 (in 1,000 Bales)*.” National Cotton Council, 2016. Statista,
Aldegrever, Heinrich, printmaker. Intemperance. 1528. The New York Public Library
Digital Collections, http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/d6a157b0-2efe-0133-e7f7-58d385a7b928. Accessed 24
van Gogh, Vincent. Starry Night. 1889. Wikimedia Commons,
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:VanGogh-starry_night_ballance1.jpg. Accessed 24 June 2016.
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