How do I cite a print magazine essay republished on a Web site?

If you are citing a print magazine essay republished on a Web site, follow the MLA format template and list the Web site as the container. Information about the original publication is optional and so may be provided in the optional-element slot at the end of the entry. You could also use the optional-element slot in the middle of the entry to provide the year of original publication. Or you could cite the Web site by itself without providing any information about the original. The examples below show three ways of citing a print essay republished on a Web site:

Kerouac, Jack. “The Vanishing American Hobo.” Hermitary, 2009, www.hermitary.com/lore/kerouac.html. Originally published in Holiday, 1960.

Kerouac, Jack. “The Vanishing American Hobo.” 1960. Hermitary, 2009, www.hermitary.com/lore/kerouac.html.

Kerouac, Jack. “The Vanishing American Hobo.” Hermitary, 2009, www.hermitary.com/lore/kerouac.html.

Published 8 August 2019

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