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How to Write a Bibliography for a Website


The web is a vast resource for information. When performing research for a written piece, it is not uncommon for individuals to solely rely on the web instead of printed sources. To give proper credit to sources used, information gathered from a website must be cited in the bibliography.

Write the author's last name, a comma, then the first initial followed by a period and a comma. Example: Milliman, J., The first line is flush with the left margin.

Add the year of publication, a comma, and the month of publication, all enclosed in parentheses followed by a period. Example: (2010, May). Example of steps 1 and 2 together: Milliman, J., (2010, May).

Add the title, capitalizing only the first letter of the first word, followed by a period. Example: How to demonstrate the proper use of the apostrophe. Example of all three steps together: Milliman, J., (2010, May). How to demonstrate the proper use of the apostrophe.

Add the words "Retrieved from," then the full URL (web address). Example: Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_6470453_demonstrate-correct-use-apostrophe.html Example of all four steps together: Milliman, J., (2010, May). How to demonstrate the proper use of the apostrophe. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/how_6470453_demonstrate-correct-use-apostrophe.html

Indent the second line one-half inch.

Indent the second line of the citation one-half inch, or five spaces. This is often called a hanging indent.

Tip
  • Some websites may not have certain elements available, for example, a publication date or author. When citing a source without a publication date, use "n.d." for "no date." When citing a source without an author, the title moves to the first position of that citation.
About the Author

Janice Milliman began writing professionally in 2005. As an addiction counselor, she regularly contributes to the Alere Wellbeing company blog. Milliman received a Bachelor of Arts in social work from the University of Washington.

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