It's fairly common for websites to not have specifically named authors for any given page, but double-check that there's really not one given. Sometimes they're listed at the bottom instead of the top; sometimes a page produced by a lone person and you'll find their name on an About page instead.
You can choose to list the organization/corporation as the author instead and skip using them as the site name or publisher later in the citation. Skipping author so that the citation starts with the article title can make it easier to have unique in-text citations, though.
Not to be confused with the name of the overall site -- and this is something citation tools online get wrong a lot! Look at the page itself: what title text appears above the article itself?
They can only scrape metadata off the website, and that data isn't structured with citations in mind. Rather, it expects people to save bookmarks or send links somewhere. Warning signs to watch for:
Look for what's actually written on the page itself (probably in the upper left corner) rather than in the address bar for the website's name. Every website has to be Something.com or Whatever.org or RandomExamples.net; that doesn't mean the website organizers consider the domain ending (.com, .net, etc) to be part of the website's official name.
Ex, For this Census Bureau article, the website is United States Census Bureau, not Census.gov.
By contrast, Space.com is actually Space.com, as we can see by the inclusion of ".com" on the site logo:
To get an idea of who the publisher is, look towards the very bottom of the page for the copyright notice or for an About page. For example, the publisher of Space.com is Future US.
If the name of the website is the same of the publisher, as is the case with the New York Times, just skip the publisher to avoid redundancy in the citation.
You can also exclude any business labels in the publisher name -- Inc, Ltd, LLC, and so on.
For sources that are likely to be edited and don't have an officially noted date, it is recommended that you add an access date after the URL. All dates in MLA are formatted as DD Mon. YYYY, e.g. Accessed 5 Nov. 2013.
The URL (the http://www.etc... in the address bar of your browser) gives a particular location of a webpage.
Exclude the http:// when you include the address.
|Author.||"Article Title."||Website Name,||Publisher,||date,||url.|
Author, Name, and Name Author2.
Author, Name, et al.
|"Title of Article."||Website Name,||Publisher Name,||
DD Mon. YYYY,
Avirgan, Jody. "Not All Privacy Policies Are Created Equal." FiveThirtyEight, 12 Feb. 2016, fivethirtyeight.com/features/not-all-privacy-policies-are-created-equal.
Henry, Alan. "Why We Get Brain Freezes." Lifehacker, 11 June 2016, lifehacker.com/why-we-get-brain-freezes-1781798710.
Irving, Ian and Kuan Xu. "Crime, Punishment and Poverty in the United States." IDEAS, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 25 Aug. 2009, ideas.repec.org/p/dal/wparch/uspov.html
Nelson, Lisa. "Heart Attack Symptoms and Warning Signs." HealthCentral Network, Remedy Health Media, 2009, www.healthcentral.com/heart-disease/patient-guide-44510-6.html
If a corporate entity is both the author of an article and the publisher, treat the article as not having an author.
"HDL (Good), LDL (Bad) Cholesterol and Triglycerides." American Heart Association, 6 Nov. 2020, www.heart.org/en/health-topics/cholesterol/hdl-good-ldl-bad-cholesterol-and-triglycerides.
"Pluto: In Depth." Solar System Exploration, NASA, 19 Dec. 2019, solarsystem.nasa.gov/planets/dwarf-planets/pluto/overview/.
A blog post will basically be like a regular web article citation, though you might not have a person's real name to use.
Be very cautious if you're referencing a blog or comment in your paper. These aren't generally the best sources to use.
Ruiz, Vanessa. "Wearing your anatomy on your skin: the anatomy tattoo gallery." Street Anatomy, 8 Aug. 2007, streetanatomy.com/blog/?p=132.
If you're referring to a comment on a blog post, include the timestamp in addition to the date:
Scooby Voodoo. Comment on "A bad case of the Mondays (in the INFINITE DARKNESS)." Comics Curmudgeon, 13 June 2016, 7:24 a.m., joshreads.com/?p=27615.
Fink, Joseph and Jeffrey Cranor. "Summer Reading Program." Welcome to Night Vale, narrated by Cecil Baldwin, episode 28, Night Vale Presents, 1 Aug. 2013, welcometonightvale.com/listen.
Tomoo, Inagaki. Pumpkins. 1955. MOMA, www.moma.org/collection/works/60805.
Wyeth, Andrew. Self-Portrait. 1945, National Academy Museum & School, New York. Google Arts & Culture, www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/asset/self-portrait/bQGXPeyDH80c0Q.
Include the full text of the tweet inside quotation marks in place of a title. The publication date should also include a time stamp.
@persiankiwi. "We have report of large street battles in east & west of Tehran now - #Iranelection." Twitter, 23 June 2009, 11:15 a.m., twitter.com/persiankiwi/status/2298106072.
Do not list entire websites in your Works Cited page.