Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 98

When citing a source in-text in MLA style that doesn't include page numbers, you need to provide information that will help readers identify the passage being cited. One way to do this would be to include the paragraph number (use "para." to indicate that you are using a paragraph number) where the source is being cited from:

For example:

(Green, 1999, para. 2)

If section headings are available, you can use the name of the heading and then the paragraph number under the heading.

For example:

As described in Green (1999), ... (Growing Your Plants: Soil, para. 2).

Note: it is never appropriate to use the page numbers of web pages that are printed.

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On-Campus Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing sources in MLA Style.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a source with no page numbers in your class assignments and projects.

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