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Chicago Style Guide - 17th Edition

Tips & Tricks for Citing Websites

When citing websites:

  • Include as much information as you can determine: title, author, site owner or sponsor, publication or latest revision date, and the URL.
  • If the publication/latest revision date can not be determined, include the access date.
  • If there is no author, begin the citation with the site owner or sponsor.
  • Titled sections or webpages within a website should be placed in quotation marks.
  • Website names are italicized
  • URL's should not be hyperlinked, underlined, or appear in a colour other than black.
  • The Chicago Manual of Style suggests citing web pages only in the footnotes. They may be included in the bibliography at your or your instructor’s discretion. Should you want to include webpages in your bibliography, the following examples provide the suggested Camosun College Library format.
  • Check with your instructor to confirm if they want you to include website citations as both footnotes and in your bibliography.

Website with Person as Author

FORMAT

Author's LastNameFirstName Initial. “Title of Web Article.” Owner/Sponsor of Site. Published, Modified or Accessed Month Day, Year. URL.

EXAMPLE

MacDonald, George F. “The Haida: Children of Eagle and Raven.” Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation. Last modified April 1, 2010. http://www.civilization.ca/aborig/haida/haindexe.html.

FOOTNOTE FORM

26. George F. MacDonald, “The Haida: Children of Eagle and Raven,” Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation, last modified April 1, 2010, http://www.civilization.ca/aborig/haida/haindexe.html.

Webpage on a Website with Person as Author

FORMAT

Author's LastName, FirstName. “Title of Web Article.” Publishing Organization or Name of Website. Published, Modified or Accessed Month Day, Year. URL.

EXAMPLE

Ross, Andrea. “'It Still Fits': Diamond Ring Missing Since 2004 Turns Up on Garden Carrot.” CBC.ca. Last modified August 15, 2017. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/engagement-ring-found-on-carrot-alberta-1.4248131.

FOOTNOTE FORM

26. Andrea Ross, “'It Still Fits': Diamond Ring Missing Since 2004 Turns Up on Garden Carrot,” CBC.ca, last modified April 1, 2010, http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/edmonton/engagement-ring-found-on-carrot-alberta-1.4248131.

Webpage with Corporation as Author

FORMAT

CorporationName. “Title of Web Article.” Year Published or last Modified. URL.

EXAMPLE

Gap Inc. “How We Do Business is as Important as What We Do.” Last modified December, 2009. http://gapinc.com/com/content/dam/gapincsite/documents/COBC/Code_English.pdf.

FOOTNOTE FORM

28. Gap Inc., “How We Do Business is as Important as What We Do,” last modified December, 2009, http://gapinc.com/com/content/dam/gapincsite/documents/COBC/Code_English.pdf.

Webpage with Corporation as Author - No Publish Date

FORMAT

CorporationName. “Title of Web Article.” Date Accessed. URL.

EXAMPLE

McDonald’s Corporation. “The Ray Kroc Story." Accessed March 25, 2011. http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/our_story/our_history/the_ray_kroc_story.html.

FOOTNOTE FORM

27. McDonald’s Corporation, “The Ray Kroc Story,“ accessed March 25, 2011, http://www.mcdonalds.com/us/en/our_story/our_history/the_ray_kroc_story.html.