How Do You Cite Websites?

It’s important to cite websites you use as a resource when you’re writing a paper. Here’s how to do it!

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Why cite websites?

Citing websites properly will credit the author or organization responsible for the site’s content and give your reader a way to find that content again. When you use information from a website in your paper, include a reference to help your reader find what you used. Websites don’t have formal publication dates like books or articles, so include the date you accessed the site.

When to cite websites?

It is important to be aware of the fact that, just like any other source, you will need to cite websites when you use them as references in your paper. The format for citing websites is different from the format for citing books, so it is important to be aware of the difference. Websites can be cited either in-text or in a reference list at the end of your paper.

How to cite websites?

How you cite a website in your text depends on the style guide you are using. For example, the MLA style guide requires you to include the author’s name, the title of the article, the name of the website, the date you accessed the website, and the URL. The APA style guide requires a little more information, including the date of publication or last update, in addition to the author’s name, title of article, and website name.

Here are some examples:

MLA:
Author’s Last Name, First Name. “Title of Article.” Title of Website. Publisher or Sponsor of Website, Date of Publication or Update. Web. Date of Access. .

APA:
Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day). Title of article [Format]. Retrieved from http://xxxxxxx

Keep in mind that each style guide has its own specific requirements for how to cite websites. Be sure to consult your style guide before citing websites in your paper or presentation.

What information to include when citing a website?

When citing a website, you will want to include the following pieces of information:
-The author’s name (if available)
-The date you accessed the site
-The website’s address or URL
-The name of the website (if different from the URL)
-The date the website was published (if available)

How to format website citations?

Citing websites in MLA (Modern Language Association) style is a critical skill for any student or researcher working with empirical data or primary sources. Modern students rely on the Internet for sources more than any other type of resource, so it is important to know how to properly cite online sources. Here are some basic guidelines for citing websites in MLA style.

The most basic entry for a website consists of the author name(s), page title, website title, web address, and date accessed. Here is an example:

Smith, John. “How to Cite Websites.” The MLA Style Center, Modern Language Association of America, 8 Apr. 2020, stylemla.org/how-to-cite-websites/.

This basic format can be used for many different types of websites (e.g., online articles, databases, government documents). If there is no author given, start the citation with the website title. If the page you are citing does not have a title, use the web address as your title instead.

Examples of website citations

There are many ways to cite websites, but most citing styles will follow a similar format. Here are some examples of how you might cite a website in MLA, APA, and Chicago style:

MLA:
“Title of webpage.” Title of website. Publisher or sponsor of website, Date of publication or last update. Web. Date of access.

APA:
Author Last Name, First initial. (Year, Month Day). Title of webpage [Format description]. Retrieved from URL

Chicago:
Author Last Name, First initial. “Title of webpage.” Title of website. Publisher or sponsor of website, Date of publication or last update. http://URL. Date of access.

FAQs about citing websites

Citing websites can be a frustrating process because most of the time, there is no author or publication date provided. However, there are ways to work around this. The key is to look for other cues that can give you the data you need to create a citation.

One clue that can help you cite a website correctly is the domain name. Different domain names often give clues about who authored the website and when it was published. For example, .edu domains are typically associated with educational institutions like colleges and universities, .gov domains are usually associated with government agencies, and .org domains are often associated with non-profit organizations.

Another helpful clue is the About page. Many websites have an About page that contains information about the author or organization that runs the site. This page can sometimes give you the data you need to create a citation.

If you still can’t find enough information to create a proper citation, you can use the URL of the website as your reference. Just be sure to include the date that you accessed the site, since websites are often updated and the content can change over time.

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