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How to Cite a Website in Chicago Style

by Rocco Pendola, Demand Media

    Increasingly, researchers are using the Internet to find information. It is customary to include websites as sources in papers you write for university classes, academic journals and other publications. The Chicago Manual of Style provides three options for citing websites--one informal method and two formal protocols. If you study in a field such as literature or the arts, you will likely opt for the humanities style if you go the formal route. Students of the social, physical and natural sciences tend to gravitate towards the author-date format.

    Step 1

    You can cite a website, informally, in the text of your paper in lieu of one of the formal methods. If you use this informal option, you do not need to include full length reference list or bibliographic entries. Refer to the example below. According to the Intel Investor Relations' website, Intel stock has...

    Step 2

    Superscript (raise) a number next to the information you are borrowing in the text of your paper when using the humanities style. This in-text notation should correspond to an endnote or footnote that follows this format: 11. Intel Investor Relations, “Intel Shareholder's Meeting Notes,” Intel, http://www.intel.com/fullurl.html.

    Step 3

    Use an abbreviated in-text parenthetical citation when adhering to the author-date format. The citation comes directly after the information you are citing, usually at the end of a sentence prior to punctuation, such as a period. (Intel Investor Relations)

    Step 4

    Structure a humanities style bibliographic entry to correspond to each endnote or footnote as shown here: Intel Investor Relations. “Intel Shareholder's Meeting Notes” Intel. http://www.intel.com/fullurl.html (accessed January 2, 2011).

    Step 5

    Create a reference list entry, as illustrated below, that matches up to an in-text parenthetical citation when employing the author-date format. The author-date format, generally, is more concise than the humanities style. Note the omission of the quotation marks and accessed date. Intel Investor Relations. Intel Shareholder's Meeting Notes. Intel. http://www.intel.com/fullurl.html.

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    About the Author

    As a writer since 2002, Rocco Pendola has published numerous academic and popular articles in addition to working as a freelance grant writer and researcher. His work has appeared on SFGate and Planetizen and in the journals "Environment & Behavior" and "Health and Place." Pendola has a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from San Francisco State University.

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