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How to Footnote a Web Page


Creating a footnote for your documentation allows you to achieve credibility in your work because you can cite your specific sources and allow readers to gain access to more information. Whether you are a college student writing a paper or a journalist who needs to list references appropriately, this skill is essential for success. Although there is not just one way to footnote a web page, you can use the most commonly accepted ways for accomplishing this task.

Access the web page that is the source of your footnote.

Record the author's name of the page, if this is known, and follow this with a comma. Typically, this name is near the title of the page in a byline or can be found at the bottom near the site's copyright notice.

Record the name of the web page and encompass it within quotation marks, or enter it as italicized text, and follow it with a comma. According to Bedford/ St. Martin's "How to Write a Footnote or an Endnote for a Website" page, this name should be in quotation marks, while the Georgetown University Library "Turabian Footnote/Endnote Style" page displays this title in italics.

Record the date that the page was published, or type "n.d." without the quotation marks to indicate there is no date and follow this with a comma.

Record the website address of the web page that you are citing.

Record the month, day and year that you came upon this page and enter the word "accessed" or "retrieved" before this date within parenthesis. Your complete entry should look as follows: Author Name, "Web Page Name," n.d., http://www.websiteaddress.com/ (accessed Month Day, Year)

About the Author

Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.