MLA is a style guide for citations from the Modern Language Association (MLA).
Citation style guides show you what information to include in each citation and how to organize your list of citations.
MLA citation style is primarily used for research papers in English classes although some instructors in other subject areas also use MLA.
"...when URLs are so long that they become unreadable, truncating them will be necessary...As a general guideline, a URL running more than three full lines is likely to interfere with the readability of the entry."
The MLA Handbook advises writers to truncate a URL in one specific way (by omitting the protocol and //). If you need to shorten it further, retain the host, which will allow readers to evaluate the site and search for the source.
URLs are composed of a few basic components:
For example: the shortened version of the following URL:
Gibson, Angela. "URLs:some practical advice." MLA Style Center, 2 Nov 2016, https://style.mla.org/2016/11/02/urls-some-practical-advice/. Accessed 30 Nov. 2017.