BibTeX: How to cite a website
This could change with the advent of biblatex. Its new entry type is supposed to contain references to web resources and doesn't give room for confusion anymore.
With the BibTeX entry
and the LaTeX file
one gets a nicely typeset list of references.
Note that there are plenty of more options and entry types in the biblatex package, such as (the currently unused) and .
Because of its supposedly large impact on the (La)TeX community, the author of biblatex still declares the package as 'beta' which is why it is not included in TeXlive, for example. Should you for this or some other reason be unable to install biblatex, there are (inferior) alternatives to use for URL citations in a reference list.
Using the natbib packageThe natbib package extends the functionality of regular bibtex to a certain degree, and allows for website citations as well. There is no specific entry type for online resources, but , , and work quite well.
Note that standard bibstyles (such as ) will not typeset the key contents of the individual entries; it is required to use one of natbib's own entries, e.g. .
Using the url packageThe most elemental way to include web references is via the key of the entry. Use
Guide: How to cite a Website in BibTeX generic citation style style
Use the following template to cite a website using the BibTeX generic citation style citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.
Key:Pink text = information that you will need to find from the source.
Black text = text required by the BibTeX generic citation style style.
Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.
Template:@misc1_Author Surname_Year Published,[break] author=Author Surname, Author Forename,[break] title=Title,[break] url=http://Website URL,[break] year=Year Published
Example:@misc1_rose_2014,[break] author=Rose, Erickson,[break] title=Parents' Effect on Child Behavior,[break] url=http://www.livestrong.com/article/75282-parents-effect-child-behavior/,[break] journal=LIVESTRONG.COM,[break] year=2014
Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.