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ENG 101: English as a Second Language for International Students (Blumenthal): Class Activity

Class Activity

Please use the handout to evaluate the three websites below based on the Who, What, When, Where, Why criteria described on the Evaluating Websites tab. 

Think about how you would rank the credibility of these websites. Which site seems most credible? Least credible?

Then, using the Template for Citing a Website on your handout (and the guidance in the Citing a Page or Section from a Website box below), create an MLA style citation for each website.

Website #1

Website #2

Public School Choice Programs

Website #3

Why Some Parents Turn Their Backs on Public Schools, And What Can Be Done About It

Citing a Page or Section from a Website

Created by an Unknown Author, or the Author is the same as the Website Title/Publisher

 "Title of Section." Title of Website, Publisher or Sponsoring Organization, Date of publication or last modified date, URL. Accessed Date Month (abbreviated) Year.

Note: The publisher or sponsoring organization can often be found in a copyright notice at the bottom of the home page or on a page that gives information about the site. If the website publisher is the same as the author and title of the web site, then include only the title of the web site. 

Works Cited List Example:

Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview.” WebMD, 25 Sept. 2014,

In-Text Citation Example:

("Title of Section")

(“Athlete's Foot - Topic Overview”)

Created by a Known Author

Author's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Page or Document." Title of Website, Publisher or Sponsoring Organization, Date of copyright or date last modified/updated, URL. Accessed Date Month (abbreviated) Year.

Works Cited List Example:

Morin, Amy. "How to Prevent the Media From Damaging Your Teen's Body Image." Verywell Family, About Inc., 6 Oct. 2019, Accessed 1 Nov. 2019.

In-Text Citation Example:

(Author's Last Name)


Dates in MLA Style Citations

Access Date

Date of access is optional in MLA 8th edition; it is recommended for pages that may change frequently or that do not have a copyright/publication date.

In your works cited list, abbreviate months as follows: 

January = Jan.
February = Feb.
March = Mar.
April = Apr.
May = May
June = June
July = July
August = Aug.
September = Sept.
October = Oct.
November = Nov.
December = Dec.

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