Lecture topic: Formatting web addresses in a citation made easy


A potential headache about formatting citations has to do with web addresses. According to MLA the web address, also known as the URL, must be enclosed inside less than/greater than signs, and punctuated with a period. Example:




However, you may find that your software wants to convert the URL to an active link and remove the < > signs. This can be very frustrating. It will end up looking like this:






For MS Word 2007 users, if the URL turns active like the example above, just use the backspace feature to back up one space.


The hyperlink will deactivate and automatically return to this: <http://www.okstate.edu>.


Remember that improperly formatted URLs in your citations will result in lost points in your grade.