Citing Online Sources
In our work with the Bryant Watershed Atlas, we have
had direct experience with the confusion that surrounds the use
of online material. Because it is so simple to copy and paste everything
from text to graphics from an Internet source into our own documents,
it becomes very easy to plagiarize and infringe on copyrighted material.
This new technology requires new methods, and increased awareness.
Guidelines are still in the process of development. Here are our
suggestions, based on current MLA guidelines but simplified for
Online Reference Sources
Title of the work in italics, complete address
for material cited (copied from browser address line), and the date
of access in parentheses.
Example using one of the Karst
syllab.: groundwater (ground-wa-ter)
Pronunciation: graund waw tEr
Definition 1: the water beneath the earth's surface that supplies
springs and wells.
Merriam Webster Word Central,
Web Site Sources
Author's name if known, title of page in
quotes if known, title of the complete work in italics, complete
address for material cited (copied from browser address line), and
the date of access in parentheses.
Example from the Watershed Atlas:
"The groundwater flows underground from one place
to another to feed the creeks and our wells." Hank Dorst and Peter
Callaway, "Hydrology of the Bryant Watershed", Bryant Watershed
More Information and Examples
See The Columbia Guide to Online Style by Janice
R. Walker and Todd Taylor (Columbia UP, 1998), or visit Ms. Walker's
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