Answered By: Elaine M. Patton
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2023     Views: 2960

Ideally, there will be a date somewhere near the top of the page, near the article title and the author's name.

If there's nothing there, try scrolling to the bottom of the article -- some websites include a date at the very end.


If there isn't a date in either spot:

Most likely a date just isn't available for the page. Don't use the copyright date at the bottom of the website, because that's part of the site's footer and appears on all pages -- it doesn't tell you anything about when your particular page was last updated.



  • Works Cited citation: skip the date entirely and include an access date at the end.

For example,

"Use Snipping Tool to Capture Screenshots." Microsoft Support, Microsoft, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

In text: You can capture a variety of snips ("Use Snipping Tool").



  • References citation: use (n.d.). for "no date" in your citation.
  • In-text: The date is used in-text, so the (n.d.) will carry through. 

For example,

Use Snipping Tool to capture screenshots (n.d.). Microsoft Support, Microsoft.

In text: You can capture a variety of snips ("Use Snipping Tool," n.d.). Yes, with the quote marks.

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