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Update your style for citing sources

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The basic information required for noting sources hasn't changed since you wrote a high school term paper, but the wealth of information available in electronic formats continues to add new twists.

You still want to include the author's name, title of the work and publication date. But if you're citing Internet sources, you'll need to consider these elements as well:

Format. If the basic information exists in printed material and online but the two versions differ, clarify which you consulted.

Access. Some styles are omitting http:// before Web addresses, but if you reach the data through File Transfer Protocol (FTP), gopher, telenet or another source, you'll need to specify that in the URL.

Pages. If an online source has no page format, pinpoint the relevant section by another locator, such as which subhead it falls under.

Breaks. Laying out a lengthy URL can be tricky, because you should never insert a hyphen or other punctuation.

Instead, take advantage of natural breaks, starting a new line before a single slash, tilde, dot, underline or other symbol. The exception: Break a URL after the double slash following http.

Break an e-mail address before the @ or before a dot.



To pinpoint the complete length of a URL or e-mail address, some style guides call for surrounding it with angle brackets.






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