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Creating A Research Paper: How To Make Web Source Citations


In the world of academic writing, it’s necessary to give a credit to a person who created the materials that you are planning to use in your research. You should cite a source in a proper manner in order to avoid plagiarism that is claiming a work of someone else as your own. By making citations, you also allow other researchers to learn more from the resources you’ve used.

It’s important to cite Web sources as well as printed materials. The general rules how to make Web source citations are listed below:

  • Place a citation within your research paper where the paraphrase occurs and add the source to the bibliography list at the end of the paper if you borrow ideas or thoughts and insert them in your work as paraphrased content.

  • Bear in mind that you should provide names of creators of charts, images, and photos taken from online sources underneath them.

  • Put a quote from a Web source inside quotation marks and provide the author’s name right after it.

  • Use endnotes, footnotes, and parenthetical remarks to cite materials in your research paper if your supervisor allows it.

  • Follow the paper style requirements provided by your supervisor, as there are several standards of referencing websites correctly.

No matter what style requirements you have, it’s important to include the following elements in your citing material:

  • The last and first name of the author when known.

  • The title of the document, datasheet, article, or image.

  • The tittle of the larger work if applicable.

  • The date when the materials were published and/or revised when available.

  • The date you accessed the website.

  • The URL of the content if it’s hosted.

It’s a good idea to find examples of Web source citations in the formatting manual and study them carefully. Usually, you can find all the elements listed above by searching on the Web. However, if you don’t have all the elements, you simply don’t mention them while writing a citation. Students often have trouble trying to find a first name of the author and the date of revisions if any.

When you change a formatting style, your citation will look different, so it’s advisable to start to work on your list of works cited after you realized what style you should use. However, if you’re using specialized citing software, you’ll be able to change the style of all the references simply by changing the settings. This saves time and effort.