How to Cite a Website: The Ultimate Guide

This comprehensive guide will teach you how to cite a website using various citation styles.

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Introduction

Citing a website that you visited in order to get information for your paper or presentation can be tricky. While there are basic guidelines that you can follow, there is no one “right” way to do it. The best thing to do is to ask your teacher for specific instructions on how they would like you to cite websites.

If you’re looking for general guidance, however, the following tips should help you get started:

-Include the website address (URL) or web page address (DOI) at the end of the citation.
-Include the date that you accessed the website.
-If there is no date listed on the website, include the date that you accessed it in the citation.

Why Citing Websites is Important

Citing websites is important because it gives credit to the authors or creators of the website that you are using in your research. It also helps to ensure that the information you are using is accurate and up-to-date. When you cite a website, you are essentially creating a link between your paper and the website, which allows your reader to quickly and easily find the original source of the information you are using.

There are many different style guides that can be used when citing websites, such as MLA, APA, and Chicago. The style guide you use will depend on the discipline you are writing in (e.g., if you are writing a paper for a history class, you would use MLA style). Generally speaking, when citing a website in your paper, you will want to include the following information:

-The author or creators of the website
-The title of the website
-The date that the website was published or last updated
-The URL of the website

How to Cite a Website in MLA Format

When you are gathering book sources, be sure to make note of the following bibliographic items:
-the author name(s),
-other contributors such as translators or editors,
-the book’s title,
-the publication date,
-the publisher,
-the pagination.

How to Cite a Website in APA Format

When writing a research paper or essay, you will often need to refer to sources from the internet. Websites can provide valuable information, but they can also be difficult to properly cite. This guide will show you how to properly cite a website in APA format.

In general, you should include the following information when citing a website in APA format:
-The author’s name (if available)
-The title of the webpage or article (in quotation marks)
-The date you accessed the webpage (in parentheses)
-The URL of the webpage (in angle brackets)

If the author’s name is not available, start with the title of the webpage instead. For example:
“How to Cite a Website.” (n.d.). Retrieved from https://example.com/article

How to Cite a Website in Chicago Style

Citing a website in Chicago style is very similar to citing a website in MLA style. You will need the same basic pieces of information, and you will structure it in the same way. The only difference is that you will include the URL at the end of the citation, rather than the date you accessed the website. Here’s how to do it:

1. Start with the author’s name.
2. Add the title of the website, in quotation marks.
3. Include the name of the publisher (if there is one), followed by a comma.
4. Add the URL of the website, without including “http://” or “https://.”
5. Finish with a period.

Here’s an example:

Smith, John. “How to Cite a Website.” The Ultimate Guide to Chicago Style Citations, https://www.citationmachine.net/chicago/cite-a-website/manual-17th-edition?dest=website&pickup=mla#article_website_example_2 .

How to Cite a Website in Harvard Style

In Harvard style, citations are inserted in the text to briefly identify sources of information. These citations usually include the author, date and page number(s).

Citing a website in Harvard style is similar to citing other sources. However, there are some specific elements that you will need to include when citing a website. These are:
-the name of the author (if available)
-the date the website was published (if available)
-the title of the website (in italics)
-the URL of the website

If you cannot find some of this information, don’t worry – just include what you can find. For example, if you can’t find an author’s name, simply omit it from the citation.
Here is an example of how to cite a website in Harvard style:
Author’s Last Name, First Name Initial(s). (Year published). Title of webpage [Medium]. Available at: URL

How to Cite a Website in Vancouver Style

In Vancouver style, citations for websites are very similar to the way you would cite a print source. The main difference is that you need to include the URL of the website and the date you accessed it.

Here is an example of how to cite a website in Vancouver style:

Author(s). Year of publication. Title of webpage. URL

For example:

The Vancouver Style Guide. 2018. Available at: http://www.vancouverstyleguide.ca/. Accessed 25 July 2018.

How to Cite a Website in IEEE Style

IEEE referencing style is a numeration system with in-text citations that correspond to numbered entries in the reference list. This guide will provide you with everything you need to know about how to cite a website using IEEE referencing style, including how to format your in-text citations and reference list entries.

In-Text Citations
When citing a website in IEEE style, you will include the website’s URL in your in-text citation. For example:

According to the website’s author (www.example.com), . . .

If you are citing a specific page or article on a website, you will also include the page or article title after the URL. For example:

According to the website’s author (www.example.com/article), . . .

If you are citing a secondary source that is quoting from a website, you will include both the original author’s name and the name of the secondary source after the URL. For example:

According to Smith (as cited in Jones, www.example.com), . .
Reference List Entries
When creating your reference list entry for a website, you will need to include the following information:
-Author(s) or editor(s) of the website
-Title of the website OR name of sponsoring institution OR title of specific document on the website being cited (if applicable)
-Date that the site was created or last updated (if available)
-URL

How to Cite a Website in Turabian Style

In the body of your paper, you’ll want to include the URL of the website, as well as the date on which you accessed it. Here’s how to format that information in Turabian style:

URL
Last accessed: date

For example:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/turabian/websites.html
Last accessed: March 5, 2020

FAQs

Q: What is a website?
A: A website is defined as a set of World Wide Web pages typically with associated content that is identified by a common Uniform Resource Locator (URL) and published on at least one web server.

Q: How do I cite a website?
A: Generally, you will cite a website in much the same way you would cite any other source. The key difference is that you will also need to include the date you accessed the site as well as the URL. Here is an example of how you might cite a website in MLA format:

Smith, John. “How to Cite a Website.” The Ultimate Guide, 8 May 2017, http://www.citationmachine.net/ultimate-guide-to-citing-a-website-mla-format.

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