Answered By: Jessica Maris
Last Updated: Jul 02, 2019     Views: 159

The rules for MLA in-text citations acknowledge that in some situations with web publications there are no page numbers available.  In these situations, the in-text citation can only include the author's last name.  However, whenever a document has page numbers you should document it in the in-text citations.

Therefore, it's okay for a paper to only include the author's name in some in-text citations (the HTML document) and include the name and page number in others (the PDF document).  Just be consistent -- omit the page number only when it is impossible to determine the page that the information you are citing comes from.

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