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This page explains how to cite a website like The Pequod should you use material from it in your own writing or work. You can read more about plagiarism, including some real-life examples, on the page Plagiarism: Why it Matters and How to Avoid It.
There are several other reasons, why it is important to cite this website so as to avoid accusations of plagiarism. You can read more about plagiarism, and why correct referencing matters, on the Plagiarism: Why it Matters and How to Avoid It page.
Websites and other digital media are increasingly used in academic and other work. However, because electronic media are evolving so fast, the rules about the correct way to reference a website tend to vary depending on your institution, and whichever style guide you are using in your work.
Almost all of the references used on this site conform to the MLA guidelines, but there are a variety of styles you may use for citation. The layout for three of the major ones is given below:
When citing a website it is important to give two dates because, unlike a printed book, the content may change regularly. The first date you should give is when the page was published or last updated. On many websites, including The Pequod, this can often be found by looking at the very bottom of the page. The second date should be the date you last accessed the site.
Of course, when using material from any source, you should ensure you comply with the Copyright rules.
You may also find Dr. Abel Scribe's Guides to Research Style and Documentation useful. These are pared down, online versions of several of the major style guides. The site can be found at www.docstyles.com. An abbreviated version of the citation rules in the Chicago Manual of Style is also available online.
Bibliographic software will automatically format citations for you; you can read a review of four such bibliographic options on this site.
Whereas physically-published books and journals usually go through rigorous processes of editing and proof-reading, this is not always the case for websites (including this one). As a result, although the Internet can be a wonderful research tool, it is important that you remain aware of the reliability (or not) of online sources. Ways of being more certain about the accuracy of information include:
Independent websites like this one may prove useful, often contributing radical ideas which might not otherwise get circulated. However, with no system of external moderation (other than the comments made by its users), it is important that you double-check any raw information (although not subjective opinions) obtained here with a second source, preferably one of the above.
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This page was published on September 16, 2008 | Keywords: citation, plagiarism, referencing, mla style