Cit A Webpage in an Essay

Ways To Cite And Reference A Webpage In An Essay Or Article

Writing an essay always requires significant research and most of the time the writer should refer to the sources which have been used during documentation. This explicit reference to the source is called citation. The citation is generally associated to a specific quotation, which not only gives credit to the person whose work has been used, but also helps keeping a track of the initial idea and gives authenticity to the information. Citation is a lot used in the academic world and, as different schools have sometimes different styles, references are marked differently depending on the type of essay and of his author's school education. Webpages are not an exception and they should be mentioned also when they represent a source.

Citation Using The MLA Format

This style of citation requires that a reference be embedded to citation inside the text and then 'a works cited page' be included at the end of the essay.

Procedure for citing the website inside the text

  • The website should be cited directly after the sentence where you reference the research from the website.
  • There should be one space separating the sentence from the reference, the reference should be put in parentheses and a period put at the end of the reference, in contrast to the end of the sentence itself.
  • If the website author is known, then citation to their last name should be made.
  • If the website author is not known, then the piece title is used instead, and it should be placed in quotations.
  • The parentheses should be closed immediately after the last quotation mark or letter of author's name.

An example would be: The Evolution of Man [http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0932663.html].

Procedure for including the website on your works cited page

  • On this page, information should be presented in such a way that the first line should not be indented but all the subsequent lines should be indented.
  • The format usually appears as follows: Author's last name, first name. ''Website name''. Version number where applicable. Organization or publisher, publication date [year]. Medium of publication [web]. Date the material was accessed [date month year].

An example would be: Bargen, Jenna. ''Total Body Toning Workouts''. Strength Training For Women Over 50. The Perkins Foundation, 2005. Web. 15 November 2015.

Citation Using The APA Format

The AP format involves embedding a reference to a citation inside the text and then including a list of reference at the end of the essay.

Procedure for citing the website inside the text

  • Like the MLA format, the website should be cited directly after the sentence where you reference the information.
  • This style uses both the author and the date by putting the last name of the author, a comma then the publication date [year] inside parentheses.
  • If the author is not known, then work title is put in quotations followed by a comma and then the publication date [year] inside parentheses.
  • The rules for closing the parentheses and adding a period are similar to those of the MLA format.

An example would be: According to the evolution theory by Darwin, C. [1838].

Procedure for including the website on the reference list

  • The citation should be formatted in hanging indention, whereby the first line should not be indented but all subsequent lines should be indented.
  • This format would appear as follows: Author's last name, first initial. [publication date]. Document title. Received from URL.

An example would be: Darwin, C. [1883]. The Evolution Of Mankind. Retrieved from http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0932663.html

Citation Using The Chicago-Manual Of Style

This style uses footnotes in citing sources in the text, where an entry for the source is on the footnote and another on the bibliography.

Procedure for citing the website inside a footnote

  • The format would appear as something like this: Author's first name, last name. ''The Webpage Title''. The publisher, website name or organization. Publication or access date. URL or DOI.

An example would be: Jenna, Bargen. ''Total Body Toning Workouts''. The Perkins Foundation. 15 November 2015. http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-or-strength-first.

Procedure for citing the website inside the bibliography

  • The format in this case appears as something like this: Author's last name, first name. ''Title of Webpage''. The publisher, website name or organization. Publication or access date. URL or DOI.

An example would be: Bargen, Jenna. ''Total Body Toning Workouts''. The Perkins Foundation. 15 November 2015.
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-or-strength-first.