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My professor is reluctant to accept scholarly sources from Academic OneFile which do not have page numbers, such as an HTML document. How can I cite these?


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  1. The following explanation from Diana Hacker's citing guide indicates that MLA prefers to consider these sources unpaginated, unless they are PDF documents.

    4. PAGE NUMBER UNKNOWNYou may omit the page number if a work lacks page numbers, as is the case with many Web sources. Although printouts from Web sites usually show page numbers, printers don't always provide the same page breaks; for this reason, MLA recommends treating such sources as unpaginated.

    The California Highway Patrol opposes restrictions on the use of
    phones while driving, claiming that distracted drivers can already
    be prosecuted (Jacobs).

    According to Jacobs, the California Highway Patrol opposes restric-
    tions on the use of phones while driving, claiming that distracted
    drivers can already be prosecuted.

    When the pages of a Web source are stable (as in PDF files), however, supply a page number in your in-text citation.

    NOTE: If a Web source numbers its paragraphs or screens, give the abbreviation "par." or "pars." or the word "screen" or "screens" in the parentheses: (Smith, par. 4).

    http://www.dianahacker.com/resdoc/p04_c08_s2.html#31

    The above link indicates how to cite using a source from a library subscription database, since the URL by itself would be useless for your reader.

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