How to Reference a Website
In an essay or research paper, a list of references is needed. The two most used formats are MLA and APA. MLA style lists the references on a separate page at the end of a paper, called the "Works Cited" page. APA requires a reference list at the end the paper. Both need in-text citations as well.
Enter the author of the website or the last name and first initial of the website article author. Place a period after the first name initial.
Enter the date of publication in parentheses. Write the year, then insert a comma, followed by the date. Place a period after the closing parentheses.
Type the name of the article in italics with a period after.
Include the date you viewed the article. Start it with "Retrieved [insert date: month day, year]" and follow the date with a comma.
Type the title of the website as such: "from [insert name of website] website" followed by a colon.
Finish the reference with the website link to the article. Include the "http://" first. The end result should look like this:
Epsicokhan, J. (2004, February 20). Confessions of a closet trekkie. Retrieved October 12, 2009, from Jammer's Reviews website: http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/confessions.php
Enter the last name and first name of the author of the web article. Place a period after the name.
Enter the title of the article with quotations around it. End it with a period within the quotations.
Type the title of the website in italics. End this with a period as well.
Enter the date you viewed the website by day, abbreviated month and year format. End it with a period.
Enter the URL of the web page you are referencing within "<" and "<" marks. Follow it with a period. The end result should look like this:
Epsicokhan, Jamahl. "Confessions of a Closet Trekkie." Jammer's Reviews. 15 Mar. 2010. http://www.jammersreviews.com/articles/confessions.php.
- Each line after the first line must be indented five spaces for both MLA and APA format.
- If the referenced site does not include an author, start the reference with the title of article.
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