How to Cite a Website Source

Written by marguerite lance
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When writing a research paper, it is essential to correctly cite all sources that were used during the research process; websites are no different. If research sources, such as websites, are not properly cited, the author could be charged with plagiarism, which may involve failing a class, being expelled from school or losing a job. Depending on the citation style required (typically MLA or APA) and the way a website and its information is presented, there are a variety of ways to properly cite a website. Such proper citation is not difficult and becomes easier with practice.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Determine whether APA (American Psychological Association) style or MLA (Modern Language Association) style will be used. This is usually determined by an academic department or a business's house style guide.

  2. 2

    Gather the following information: The author of the website's full name The title of the website The title of the web article The date the website was accessed The date the page was posted to the web The site's URL The page number and the number of any specific paragraph used (e.g., page 4, paragraph 3)

  3. 3

    If MLA style is being used, present the information as such:

    Author's last name, first name and middle name. The title of the particular web article, enclosed with quotation marks. The site's title. Date the site was accessed. Online URL address.

    An example of this would be:

    Paul, Franklin Joseph. "How to Pick Cherries". Things to Do in Oregon. February 7, 2009. <http://www.thingstodoinoregon.com>>

    If there are multiple authors, list the additional authors after the first author with the first name first, the middle name second and the last name last. Et al. can also be written after the first author's name in lieu of listing numerous authors.

  4. 4

    To properly cite a website using APA style, present the information as such:

    Author's last name, first name and middle name. The name of the website. (The name of the website or the corporate owner of the website can be listed as the author if no individual author is listed.) The date the website was published. The title of the page in italics. The date the page was retrieved by the author of the paper being written. The site's URL.

    An example of this would be:

    Paul, Franklin Joseph. Things to Do in Oregon. March 1, 2008. How to Pick Cherries.

    Retrieved February 7, 2009. <http://www.thingstodoinoregon.com>>

    If APA style is being used and the entire website is being cited, the citation that includes the name of the site and the URL can also be included in the body of the paper.

    An example of this would be:

    Things to Do in Oregon (http://www.thingstodoinoregon.com) is a great resource for Oregon residents and visitors.

    If APA style is being used and only one portion of the website is being cited, the citation can be included in the paper, but the position in the text needs to be included.

    An example of this would be, Things to Do in Oregon (2009, paragraph #4) describes the proper dress for picking cherries in Oregon.

    If there are multiple authors, list the additional authors after the first author with the first name first, the middle name second and the last name last. Et al. can also be written after the first author's name in lieu of listing numerous authors.

  5. 5

    Double-check the way the citations have been written to ensure accuracy.

Tips and warnings

  • Always write down sources as information is collected from the page for ease of use later.
  • If in doubt, ask. Write the webmaster or page's owner if any information is missing or unclear.

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