How to Do an In Text Citation of a Website

How to Do an In Text Citation of a Website. This quick guide will help you properly cite a website in your text using MLA format.

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What is an in text citation?

An in text citation is a way of crediting a source for a quote, concept, or piece of information that you use in your writing. When you include an in text citation, you are telling your reader that you are using information from another source, and giving them the necessary information to find that source.

Why is it important to cite your sources?

When you are writing a research paper, it is important to cite your sources. This shows the reader that you have done your research and that your information is coming from a credible source. It also allows the reader to find the information that you are citing. If you do not cite your sources, you are plagiarizing. Plagiarism is when you use someone else’s work without giving them credit.

How to do an in text citation for a website

Citing a website in text can be tricky, because there is no one-size-fits-all solution. The best way to cite a website in text will vary depending on the context, so it’s important to consider the different options before deciding which one to use.

One way to cite a website in text is to include the author’s name and the date of publication. For example:

According to John Smith, “Citing websites can be tricky” (Smith, 2019).

If you can’t find the author’s name, you can use the website name instead. For example:

According to Smith Website, “Citing websites can be tricky” (Smith Website, 2019).

MLA format for in text citations

How to Do an In Text Citation of a Website in MLA Format

Citing a website that you consulted in your research but did not directly quote from can be done with a brief in-text reference. This involves putting the website’s name or URL and the date you accessed it in parentheses at the end of the sentence you used it in. You do not need to include this information for websites that are well known and commonly used, such as Wikipedia.

Here is an example of how to cite a website you consulted during your research but did not directly quote from:

According to the National Weather Service (nws.noaa.gov, 2018), “A watch means severe weather is possible in your area.”

In this example, nws.noaa.gov is the website’s URL and 2018 is the year you accessed it.

APA format for in text citations

If you are using APA format, the in text citations for websites should include the author’s last name, the date of publication, and the page number (if available). For example:

According to Jones (2019), “APA format for in text citations of websites should include the author’s last name, the date of publication, and the page number (if available).”

Chicago style for in text citations

When you are writing a paper, you will often need to refer to sources that you have found on the Internet. In Chicago style, there are two different ways to do this.

The first way is to use an in-text citation. This means that when you are referring to a source, you will put the author’s last name and the date of publication in parentheses. For example: (Smith 2016).

If you are referencing a specific page on a website, you will also include the page number: (Smith 2016, 3).

If you are citing a website that does not have an author, you can simply use the website’s title instead: (“Citing Websites” 2016).

The second way to cite websites in Chicago style is by using a footnote. This is useful if you want to provide more information about the website that you are citing. For example:

1. Smith, John. “How to Do an In Text Citation of a Website.” The Chicago Manual of Style Online. 2016, http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html. Accessed 1 May 2016.

What to do if you can’t find the author’s name

If you cannot find the author’s name, use the title of the article or web page. If there is no date listed on the website, put (n.d.) in your citation where the date would go.

What to do if you can’t find the date

If you can’t find the date on a website, look for other indicators such as “last updated,” “modified,” or “reviewed.” If you still can’t find an indication of when the page was created or last updated, use (n.d.) in your citation to indicate that no date could be found.

How to cite a website in your paper

There are many different ways to cite a website in your paper. The most common way is to include the URL of the website in your text, followed by the date you accessed it. For example:

According to the National Institutes of Health (https://www.nih.gov), coffee can have positive health benefits.

If you quote directly from a website, you will also need to include a page number:

The National Institutes of Health states that “coffee can have positive health benefits” (https://www.nih.gov).

You can also create a formal citation for a website using the MLA or APA citation style.

Examples of in text citations

In-text citations are brief references in the running text of your paper that indicate the source of your information, facts, or quoted material. An in-text citation appears in parentheses in your text and contains the author’s last name and the page number(s) of the information you are referencing. When citing a website, use the author’s last name and the date you accessed the site. If no author is given, use the title of the article. If there is no date given, use n.d. for “no date.”

Here are some examples of in-text citations:

(Smith 42)
(“Treatment” 23)
(mainstream 23)
(n.d.)

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