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B U F F Y H A M I LTO N , M E D I A S P EC I A L I ST
C R E E K V I E W H I G H S C H O O L
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How To Cite a Generic Website
Log into your NoodleTools/NoodleBib account at
Open your list; if you are creating a list, be sure to choose
Open up the website you will be citing live on the web.
use the “help” text to the right of each field
click on the hyperlinks for “pop-up” helplets
use copy and paste live from the web whenever possible
to avoid typographical errors
select the source
choose “website” from the dropdown menu
confirm your choice
typically, you do not change your choice here unless you see your
information sources fits one of the alternate choices
tell us more about the source
select the content description that best fits your information source
author of the content
Typically the author the web page or
document will be identified near the top
of the web page or near the bottom.
If a name is provided, type into the
appropriate fields and be sure to select
“add”; only change the “role” if needed.
If no author is provided, then leave the
“primary contributors” boxes blank.
don’t forget to press
page title and website information
•provide the name of the entire web site (not the URL).
•capitalize the first letter of each word
•you may find the title in the browser's title bar or at the top of the Web page.
•If citing a page that does not have a formal title, provide a description like Home page instead
(and mark the checkbox below)
•if citing the entire site or project, leave this field blank
name of website or
•Provide the name of the Web site's publisher or sponsor(s), typically located in the copyright statement at
the bottom of the site's pages. For example, for American Memory, this would be Lib. of Congress.
•For scholarly projects, this is typically the name of a school or university where the project is hosted and
•If unknown, leave this field blank.
publisher or sponsor
copyright, url, date of access
•the publication date, date of last update, or copyright date can
typically be found at the bottom of the web page
•DO provide a URL
•If the URL is long, go with the URL unless you are given other
instructions by your teacher
•provide the most recent date of access
•it is extremely unusual to find these layers of information on a typical
•please consult with your teacher or librarian if you are not sure if the
web page contains this information
only complete this field if directed to do so by your teacher
press the “check for errors” button; this action will check
for MLA style errors only, not typos or spelling mistakes
make the suggested changes; if you are in doubt, consult
with your teacher or a librarian
press “update the citation” button