How to cite a government website in MLA

MLA government website citation

To cite a government website in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) name: Give the name of the editor, author, or compiler if available. If none, start with the title.
  2. Title of the website: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Publisher: Give the name of the publisher if available.
  4. Year of publication: Give the year of publication if available.
  5. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.
  6. Date of access: Give the the day, month and year of retrieval.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a government website in MLA style 8th edition:

Author(s) name. Title of the website. Publisher, Year of publication, URL. Accessed Date of access.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


A website by a government agency

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. HHS. Accessed 20 Apr. 2019.

A website by a government agency

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Accessed 5 Feb. 2019.

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