Quoting an online source


Is the following not correct when citing a quote from an online source?

This assessment correlates with Dr. Drenth’s article about INFJ types where he states, “It is difficult to broadly classify INFJs as either right-brained or left-brained since they utilize both sides of the brain with equal adeptness". INFJ. Retrieved March 12, 2012, from http://personalityjunkie.com/the-infj/

asked Mar 25 '12 at 02:49 flaca5898 New member

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What you could do instead is have a separate footnotes section and use superscript to direct others to it.  That way, you quote them in the text, but have the references at the end of the article.  Inline references may throw the scanner.

link comment answered Mar 25 '12 at 15:31 Courtney Contributor

The answer first. No, your example is not a proper reference to an online (or any) source. But all is not lost.


First, determine what style guide you should be using. Sometimes, the style guide is determined by your teacher. Other times by your academic discipline or profession. And other times by your publisher. Major style guides are the Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press), the MLA Style Guide (Modern Language Association), the APA (American Pyschological Association), the AMA (American Medical Association) ... If you don't know which applies, pick one you are comfortable with and stick to it.


Each of these guides offers two broadly similar methods of reference that differ in the details. One style is the numbered note. The numbered note -- in some, a superscript number and in other guides a (#) -- leads to either a footnote (at the bottom  of the page) or to an end note at the end of the document.  Each has its strengths, but end notes are increasingly preferred. 


The other broad style is an inline note, similar to your example but abbreviated.  In general (but remember the details vary depending upon the style guide), the inline note consists of the author's last name and page number (Drenth, p12). An online reference would be (Drenth).  Then, in the end notes, you provide the full bibliographic reference (url, etc).


It gets more complicated as the number and complexity of your references increases, but that is what the style guide is for -- to simplify the complications. 


Good luck.

link comment answered Mar 26 '12 at 07:14 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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