Saturday, 21 January 2012

How Do I Cite a Website?

Citing a website can sometimes be tricky business. Here is a short step-by-step guide to making sure that you are citing a website properly.
  1. First you will need to know:
    • The name of the author(s)
    • The title of the article
    • The name of the website
    • The date of publication (if you can find it)
    • The date you retrieved the page (you will need this especially if you don't know the publication date)
    • And page number or paragraph number if it is a specific quotation that you are using
  2. Next, decide what citation style you are using:
    • APA
    • MLA
    • Chicago
    • Turabian
    • Or if it is an Government or Legal document, it will have its own special citation style
  3. Make sure that your information is correctly formatted, and if you have any in-text citations, that they are properly noted.
  4. Make sure that any indentations that are required for your specific citation style are completed.
  5. Ensure that you have found as much of the information required for the citation style you have chosen, and that if there was a missing section, that you have the appropriate alternative to satisfy the citation style.
    • (for example the date of retrieval is often sufficient in lieu of the publication date, but not always)

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