Including websites in your works cited page is important. If you are writing a college paper, make sure that your teacher allows you to utilize websites in your bibliography. Although some teachers want more scholarly sources, from journals for example, you may be fine using websites. Referencing the websites you use is critical; not referencing a website may indicate plagiarism on your part. Also, with plagiarism checkers including turnitin.com, academic colleagues may know immediately that you did not reference the websites you used. The result may be expulsion from college; it could also mean an end to your career.
Things you need:
MLA citation book
Chicago citation book
APA citation book
Choose the style of citation that is appropriate for your class. Modern Language Association (MLA) style is typically for english and literature papers. Historians usually utilize Chicago style. American Psychological Association (APA) is for social and natural sciences including psychology, sociology, and anthropology. If you are unsure of what style to use, ask your professor.
Make sure that the format you put the information into is exactly what the guidebook requires. For instance, you may need to differentiate between citing a document from a website and citing a professional website. According to Honolulu Community College article “MLA Citation Examples,” citing the entire professional website goes as follows.
Title of the Site. Editor. Date and/or Version Number. Name of Sponsoring Institution. Date of Access
Always underline the title of the site.
If you find a document from a website, site as follows.
Author. “Title of Web Page.” Title of the Site. Editor. Date and/or Version Number. Name of Sponsoring Institution. Date of Access
The main difference is that the title is in quotation marks.
Include an access date if you believe it is necessary. It can typically help you back up your argument that you found information on a website if the website’s editor later changes the information on it. According to The Chicago Manual of Style Online article “Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide,” you only need to include it if your publisher requires it of you. The Chicago style of citation can be explained from the following example from The Chicago Manual of Style.
Evanston Public Library Board of Trustees. “Evanston Public Library Strategic Plan, 2000-2010: A Decade of Outreach.” Evanston Public Library. http://www.epl.org/library/strategic-plan-00.html (accessed June 1, 2005). (see references 2).
Simply plug in the information from the website that you want to cite.
Consider using APA style of citation for scientific papers. The Purdue Online Writing Lab article “Electronic Sources,” demonstrates the various types of websites that you may need to cite with examples of how to cite each kind. For instance, you can cite online periodicals, online scholarly journal articles, electronic books, e-mail, online forums, blogs, Wikis, and podcasts (see references 3). You basically need to include all of the important information that you can find on the website including title name, author, and the date you accessed it.
If you cannot find information–a date for instance-never just make something up. Simply leave the information out of the bibliography.