How to Cite the NASA Webpage in APA, MLA, or Chicago
To infinity and beyond! Outer space has captivated our collective attention for years, and there’s no better place for aspiring astronauts to visit than the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website.
NASA.gov is filled with fascinating facts about our solar system and space exploration. It’s the perfect place to visit for any space-related assignment, whether you’re in elementary school or college.
But how does one go about citing information found on a NASA webpage?
EasyBib.com helps you cite in the most common styles and thousands of others, too, for websites and just about any source type you can think of. There are also free guides for doing MLA in-text citations and an MLA annotated bibliography, too.
If you’ve cited a website before, you’ll be happy to know that the process for citing information from NASA is pretty much the same. Even if you’ve never cited a website, it shouldn’t be too tricky—especially with our handy-dandy guide in tow!
Below, learn how to cite a NASA webpage in three commonly used citation styles in MLA, APA, and Chicago style. We’ll be using this page in the examples.
When you’re citing a website, there’s information that you’ll need to gather before you can begin. That information would be:
- Name of the author or authors
- Title of the article
- Name of the website
- Publisher of the website
- Date published and/or modified
Cite a NASA webpage in MLA format
For MLA style citations, the basic format will look like this:
Author Last Name, First name. “Title of the Article.” Title of the Website, Publisher (if different than website name), date published, URL.
For the article “Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm” from NASA’s website, the basic citation would look like this:
Shekhtman, Lonnie. “Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm.” NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2 May 2019, www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/martian-dust-could-help-explain-planet-s-water-loss-plus-other-learnings-from-recent-global.
*Note: If an article doesn’t list a specific author, simply start your citation with the title of the article instead.
Cite a NASA webpage in APA format
If you’re working in APA style, you’ll take that basic information and the citation will look something like this:
Author Last Name, First Initial. (Date). Title of the webpage. Retrieved from //URL.
So for that article on the NASA website, the citation would look like this:
Shekhtman, L. (2019, May 2). Martian dust could help explain water loss, plus other learnings from global storm. Retrieved from //www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/martian-dust-could-help-explain-planet-s-water-loss-plus-other-learnings-from-recent-global
Cite a NASA webpage in Chicago format
For a Chicago style citation, keep the general basic format:
Author Last Name, Author First Name. “Title of the Article.” Title of Website, Date Modified. URL.
With that NASA article, it would look like this:
Shekhtman, Lonnie. “Martian Dust Could Help Explain Water Loss, Plus Other Learnings From Global Storm.” NASA, May 2, 2019. //www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2019/martian-dust-could-help-explain-planet-s-water-loss-plus-other-learnings-from-recent-global
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