Q. How do I cite sources that don’t name a person as the author?


This will vary by type of source.  Not sure what type of source you have?  Check out the Library’s Help Page, What Kind of Source is This?

If the source is a magazine, newspaper, or journal article, you simply leave the author out and start with the title of the article.

For some social media, online comments or blogs, a screen name can serve in place of a person’s real name.


For websites, government documents, and reports produced by organizations or businesses, use the name of the government, business, or organization that created the website, document or report as the author.

Ex: United States Census Bureau, Habitat for Humanity


In the case of websites, it may make more sense to start the citation with the name of the specific page that you used and have the name of the government, business or organization as the name of the website.


If you need further help, contact a librarian.


  • Last Updated Aug 14, 2020
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  • Answered By Elizabeth Clarke

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