What is a bibliography for websites?
A bibliography for websites is a list of works cited from the internet that is included at the end of your essay. When you create a bibliography you need to list all of the sources that have informed your writing. This includes articles and information retrieved online.
Each academic institution will have a preferred style and guidelines on how they want the information presented, so it’s crucial that you follow it to ensure you don’t miss out on valuable marks. To view examples of how website citations are formatted in your academic institution, select your style from the list below.
How to write a website bibliography
Different source types require different formatting. So the way you reference websites used in your academic work is distinct from other formats, such as books.
The exact structure of the website citation will depend on whether you have the author information or not. If you do, you’ll need to include the author’s name and date of publication, along with the article title and URL of where you retrieved the information from. If the author’s name isn’t available then it’s acceptable to leave it out, but all the other information must be provided.
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Website bibliography example
APA website example:
The Guardian. (2015, March 1). Business and finance news from Guardian US. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2015, from http://www.theguardian.com/us/business
When there is no author for a web page, the title moves to the first position of the reference entry:
All 33 Chile miners freed in flawless rescue. (2010, October 13). Retrieved from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39625809/ns/world_news-americas/
Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title.: ("All 33 Chile Miners," 2010).
Note: Use the full title of the web page if it is short for the parenthetical citation. Articles found on the web, like the example above, are not italicized in the reference entry and are not italicized but enclosed in quotations in the in-text citation, just like a newspaper or magazine article. Reports found on the web would be italicized in the reference list, as in Publication Manual (6th ed.) Examples 31, 32, and 33 on pp. 205–206. They would also be italicized in the in-text citation, just like a book.
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