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Citation Guide: How to cite WEBSITES

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

Elements needed

According to Chicago Style Manual (16th ed.), "...Include as much of the following as can be determined:

  • the title or a description of the page
  • the author of the content (if any)
  • the owner or sponsor of the site
  • a URL
  • Also include a publication date or date of revision or modification; if no such date can be determined, include an access date.

Citations of site content are best relegated to notes; in works with no notes, they may be included in the bibliography."

How to cite WEBSITES

22. "McDonald's Happy Meal Toy Safety Facts," McDonald's Corporation, accessed July 19, 2014, http://www.mcdonalds.com/corp/about/factsheets.html.

Microsoft Corporation. "WD2000: Visual Basic Macro to Assign Clipboard Text to a String Variable." Revision 1.3. Microsoft Help and Support. Last modified November 23, 2006. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/212730.

How to cite BLOGS

According to Chicago Style Manual (16th ed.), "Citations of blog entries should include the author of the entry; the name of the entry, in quotation marks; the title or description of the blog; and a URL. Citations of a comment should start with the identity of the commenter and the date of the comment (if a time stamp appears with the comment), the words "comment on," and the citation information for the related entry....Blogs that are part of a larger publication should also include the name of that publication. Add the word blog in parentheses after the name of the blog (unless the word blog is part of the name). Citations of blog entries are generally relegated to the notes; a frequently cited blog, however, may be inlcuded in the bibliography."

25. AC, July 1, 2008 (10:18 a.m.), comment on Rhian Ellis, "Squatters Rights," Ward Six (blog), June 30, 2008, http://wardsix.blogspot.com/2008/06/squatters-rights.html.

Ellis, Rhian, J. Robert Lennon, and Ed Skoog. Ward Six (blog). http://wardsix.blogspot.com/.