It is important to include the location element when referencing electronic resources. The following identifiers (in order of preference) may be listed as the location for an electronic resource:
A URL is comprised of three parts:
You may choose to omit the Protocol (http:// or https://) from URL's unless you want to hyperlink them and are working in a software program that does not allow hyperlinking without it. (Note: Always include the Protocol (http:// or https://) in DOI links)
If a URL runs more than three full lines or is longer than the rest of the entry, you should shorten it. When shortening a URL always retain at least the host.
Links included in the Works Cited may be active if you are submitting your paper electronically.
*See section 5.95 of the MLA Handbok, ninth edition for more information.
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