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How to Do Internal Citations for a Website

Updated March 23, 2017

MLA Style

Step 1

List the last name of the author. If the author is an organization, list the name of the organization.

Step 2

List the page number you are referencing, if possible. This will only apply to articles that also appear in print.

Step 3

Enclose your citation in parentheses. For example: (Smith 11). If no author name is given, you may use the title of the web page in quotation marks. For example: ("10 Ways to Fish" 11). If the web page or article is not paginated, omit this information from your citation. It is not necessary to give a paragraph number.

Step 4

Position your citation directly after the quoted or paraphrased passage. For example: One website suggests that the best way to catch a trout is to "wiggle the line every six to eight seconds" ("10 Ways to Fish" 11).

APA Style

Step 1

List the last name of the author. If the author is an organization, list the name of the organization.

Step 2

List the year of publication.

Step 3

List the page number you are referencing, if possible. Precede page numbers with "p." This will only apply to articles that also appear in print.

Step 4

Enclose your citation in parentheses. Separate the elements of your citation with commas. For example: (Smith, 2010, p. 11). If no author name is given, you may use the title of the web page in quotation marks. For example: ("10 Ways to Fish," 2010, p. 11). If no year of publication is given, use "n.d." For example: ("10 Ways to Fish," n.d., p. 11). If the web page or article is not paginated, include information that helps the reader locate the passage you are quoting. You may give a paragraph number or list the heading of the section you are quoting. For example: ("10 Ways to Fish," n.d., para. 4).

Step 5

Position your citation directly after the quoted or paraphrased passage. For example: One website suggests that the best way to catch a trout is to "wiggle the line every six to eight seconds" ("10 Ways to Fish," n.d., para. 4).

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