How to Reference a Website

 

Referencing is very important. It is as important as creditability and findability. Referencing gives credit to your work in order to avoid plagiarism. It brings findability that helps people, who are reading your work, find the sources you used and help them to learn more. Finally, it also proves that your work is beyond wide reading of the subject and as well as display your learning.

Books are not the only source to do researching. Especially now, people rely mostly on the internet.

Do you know how to reference a website? Firstly, you need to gather needed information – writer or creator of the webpage (either a person or an organization), the title, the year it was created or last updated and the full URL. You may also need to identify the organization responsible for the website and the place where the organization is located. You must have the full URL.

Begin your reference with the creator (often this is an organization). Next, the year the page was created or last updated. Take to note that sometimes, the year is given at the bottom of the webpage.  Do not worry if you cannot find the year. Just use N (full stop) and D (full stop) which stands for no date. To be followed by a comma, title of the webpage (in italics) and another comma. Then, followed by the organization responsible for the website but if it is the same as the author, just leave it out, and another comma. After, display the place where the organization is located. If this is not clear, just leave it out too then a comma. Followed by the word, “viewed”, and the date you accessed the website (day, month and year).

The website may change from the time you viewed it to the time another person will look into it that is why we include this information.

Finally, a final comma is placed and the URL in angle brackets, then a full stop.

Example:

Christopher Lawrence 1989,The Referencing guide, NCW Organization, New York, viewed 16 May 2003, <http:www//ref.com/guide>.