Despite how it feels referencing books and journal articles is relatively straight forward- the author, date, and title are usually clear.
However, when it comes to online resources it can get tricky to find the information you need to fill in your reference.
How to identify the author/date
- Check the top and bottom of the article/page
- Look for an 'Updated' note (AMA), do not use this for APA
- Check the About/Contact information
- Check the Copyright information ( note this may be the owner organisation, not necessarily the author)
- Check the URL
- A lot of websites will have a Copyright date, this is not necessarily the publication date.
There is no date! (n.d.)
Also Check the Title
Most web pages will have 2 titles the name of the overall site, and the name of the individual page.
Format (How it should look)
Author, A.A. (year). Title of web page. Retrieved from URL
Animals Australia. (2013). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html
Author, A.A. (year). Title of document. Retrieved from URL
Animals Australia. (n.d.). Think like a cat. Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf
Title of web page. (year). Retrieved from URL
Think like a cat. (2013). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.html
Title of document. (year). Retrieved from URL
The cat who pretended he didn't eat all the cream. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.electrochook/sneaky1.pdf
- Author(s) [or organisation responsible for the site]. Title of page or object. Name of website. URL. Published [or Updated] date [at least the year, if available]. Accessed date.
- State Government of Victoria. Anaphylaxis. Better Health Channel. http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Anaphylaxis. Updated July 16, 2013. Accessed January 8, 2014.
If you're really not sure how to reference something you find online get in touch with the Library; In person, via the InfoHelp contact form or Chat service, or by calling.
It helps if you include a link to the source you want to reference.