How do I cite a book chapter or handout that my professor uploaded to a Web site?

To cite a book chapter that your professor uploaded to a Web site, begin with the MLA template of core elements. List the author of the chapter and the chapter title. List the title of the Web site as the title of the container, not the title of the book, since you found the chapter on the Web site rather than in the book. Since your professor uploaded the material, list the professor’s name in the “Other contributors” slot. Then list the publisher of the Web site (if different from the Web site’s title), the upload date (if known), and the URL:

Levine, Caroline. “Hierarchy.” Blackboard, uploaded by Mary Smith, 10 Oct. 2017,

To cite a handout, provide the title of the handout or a description of it:

French verb conjugations. Blackboard, uploaded by Valerie Marneffe, 6 Sept. 2017,

Remember that a course management system such as Blackboard is a container only when it is the platform of publication for the work, as it is here. If your professor provides a link on Blackboard to an external site, then Blackboard is not the container–the external site is.

For more on when a Web site is a container, see our post, and stay tuned for our webinar on citing complicated Web sources.



Published 26 October 2017

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