how do i site a webb site

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asked Sep 29 '12 at 02:32 walter josephs New member

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Which citation style are you required to use?


There are a few errors in your question:


Sentences begin with a capital letter.
The verb to cite is spelled with a c.

The pronoun I is always capitalized.

Website is one word.

Web would be spelled with one b.

In this sense, Web would be capitalized.

Questions end with a question mark.

How do I cite a website?

link comment answered Sep 29 '12 at 08:14 Peter Guess Expert

A comment and a question regarding Peter's excellent answer.


The comment -- whether website is one word or two words (web site) is a matter of some current dispute. This sort of dispute is often the case with new words. Web site first appeared in print less than twenty years ago (1994).


Some dictionaries and style guides prefer the original two words while others prefer the one-word usage. Over the past several years, the one-word spelling has gained in popularity and, in all likelyhood, will be ubiquitous in another twenty years. 


The question -- "In this sense, Web would be capitalized," in which sense? As used in the question? Or, as used in the previous sentence in Peter's answer. Web and Website are not proper nouns, at least in American usage, and should not be capitalized, except when they are the first word in a sentence.

link answered Sep 29 '12 at 15:45 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Jeff, I meant in the sense of WWW rather than a spider's web. I would certainly capitalize the Web in the same way as I would capitalize the Internet, but I'm not as sure about web site/Web site. It could be argued that when used as an adjective (web site/Web site), it should not be capitalized. Also, just as website (always lower case unless starting a sentence) is becoming the preferred usage, there also seems to be a trend toward not capitalizing the internet/Internet.

Peter GuessSep 29 '12 at 17:57

Agreed. The capitalization of web has largely disappeared from the American publications I read, and internet (lower case) is becoming increasingly common. As internet usage has become more common, it seems the impluse to capitalize the word has diminshed. The style manuals I use now prefer the lower case for both.

Jeff PribylSep 30 '12 at 01:40

By "default", I refer to the Chicago Manual of Style (16th edn.) or The Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law 2011 for American style, and to New Hart's Rules (aka The Oxford Style Guide) for GB style (all of which prefer Internet with a capital). The MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (7th edn., 2009) has Web with a capital in addition to Internet, whereas Merriam-Webster's Unabridged and the Oxford English Dictionary both acknowledge the existence of the lower-cased versions, stating "usually capitalized" and "also with lower-case initial", respectively.

Peter GuessSep 30 '12 at 11:05

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