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Citing and referencing: Websites / Blogs

A guide to the styles recommended by Monash schools and departments for students and researchers

Web Sites / Blogs

 

Web Sites

Rule for Notes

Note Number. Author, "Title of the Page," Title or Owner of the Site, access date, URL.

If there is no named author, give the name of the owner of the site.

Use descriptive phrases for content from informal sites, such as personal home pages and fan sites, where titles may be lacking.

Examples of Notes

1. Philip Shaw, "Modernism and the Sublime (The Art of the Sublime)," Tate,  accessed January 24 2013, http://www.tate.org.uk​/art/research-publications/the-sublime/​philip-shaw-modernism-and-the-sublime-r1109219.

2. Australian Government, "National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper," Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport, accessed January 24, 2013, http://culture.arts.gov.au​/discussion-paper.

Rule for Bibliography

Author. "Title of the Page." Title or Owner of the site. Accessed date. URL.

Examples of entries in Bibliography

Australian Government. "National Cultural Policy Discussion Paper." Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Accessed January 24, 2013. http://culture.arts.gov.au​/discussion-paper.

Shaw, Philip. "Modernism and the Sublime (The Art of the Sublime)." Tate. Accessed January 24, 2013. http://www.tate.org.uk​/art/research-publications/the-sublime/philip​-shaw-modernism-and-the-sublime-r1109219.


 
Blogs

Rule for Notes

Follow the basic pattern for websites. Include the author's name and the date of posting. Cite only in a Note. Only include a specific item in the Bibliography if it is critical to your argument or frequently cited.

To cite a comment posted on a blog by someone other than the author of the site, follow the basic pattern for blog entries; identify the material as comment, include the date when the comment was posted; if the comment author's name is incomplete or a pseudonym, add pseud. in brackets after the posted name

Examples of Notes

1. Jef Geys, "Letter University of Warwick," Weblog Jef Geys, entry posted January 19, 2013, accessed January 24, 2013, http://jefgeysweblog.​wordpress​.com/.

2. Bill [pseud.], comment on "The New American Dilemma: Illegal Immigration," The Becker-Posner Blog, comment posted March 10, 2006, accessed March 28, 2006, http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2006/03/the-new-american-dilemma-illegal-immigration-becker.html

Rule for Bibliography

Do not cite in Bibliography unless a specific item is critical to your argument or frequently cited.

 

Web Sites

Rule for Reference list

Include as much detail as you can in your reference list: author, title of page, title or owner of the site, access date (or range of access dates) and URL.

If there is no Author use the name of the owner of the site (this may include the name of an organisation such as Australian Government).

If a site is lacking a title describe the content.

Example for Reference list

Philip Shaw. Modernism and the sublime (The Art of the Sublime). Tate. Accessed January 24, 2013. http://www.tate.org.uk​/art/research-publications/the-sublime/​philip-shaw-modernism-and-the-​sublime-r1109219.

Australian Government. National cultural policy discussion paper. Australian Government Department of Regional Australia, Local Government, Arts and Sport. Accessed January 24, 2013. http://culture.arts.gov.au​/discussion-paper.

Rule for parenthetical citations (In Text)

 

   For intext citations if there is no publication date use either the Author or owner of the site or the descriptive comment about the page that was used. This can be done either in parantheses or in text.

 


Blogs

Rule for Reference list

 

Use the same fomat as a website. Give the URL for the main page of the Blog.

 

Example for Reference list

  
Jef Geys, blog. Accessed January 24, 2013. http://jefgeysweblog.​wordpress.com/.

 

Rule for Parenthetical citation (In Text)

 

Blog entries and comments should only be cited in paranthetical citations. Include the name of the author, title of the blog, and indicate whether the item is a blog entry by the author or a comment by someone else, and the date of the posting.

 

Example of Paranthetical citation (In Text)

 

(Peter Pearson, The Becker-Posner Blog, comment posted March 6, 2006)