Parts of a WebSite
Whenever a webpage or website is used for information or to use an image, it must be cited! In order to cite the information from a website or webpage you need to know where to look for the information for the citation.
The same basic information used for citations in books, magazines and other print materials is used for citing websites and pages. However, where you find the information is slightly different.
Websites can be very simple or very complicated depending on the organization that is publishing the website. Yet is is that first page or 'home" page where you will find most of the information you need for a citation.
Remember a web page is part of a website.
Parts of a Website
Web pages can be broken down into several basic elements:
Title of the Website - This is usually located at the top of the main page of a website. Many times you can tell something about the website by its title, just like you would for a book.
Navigation Bars - These are used to navigate to different links within the website. They can be located on the sides, such as in this website or at the top, just below the title.
About Us or Contact Us - This is one of the most important part of a website! This is where you will find information about the person or organization who is publishing the website. A separate section section has been created to address this, so please click on About to learn more. This is like identifying the author of a book or magazine article
Side Menus - Links to other sites or pages. Many times these links are advertisements
Article Title - Many times articles are published on the internet within a website. The Article Title is usually found below the navigation bar.
Article Author - If one person is claiming responsibility for the information in an article, their name will usually appear just below the Article Title, just as it would in a print magazine, book or newspaper. If no one person is given credit for the article, look for the organization that created the website.
Image Author - If you are citing a image from the internet try to find out who is responsible for that image. Remember, someone, somewhere took the picture, or drew the image, created the painting, etc! Please give them credit for their work!!!!!!!
No Named Author, photographer or illustrator - If no one name appears with an article, then the author of the article would be the responsibility of the publishing organization. The name of the author and the publisher would be the same.
Publisher - Just like with print material, someone is responsible for the content of a website. This can be a for profit company or a non-profit organization. Look for the name of the company or organization at the bottom of the home page next to a copyright sign. It may also be covered in the About Us section of the website.
Date - The internet is a constantly changing environment. A website will contain a date created and a date last updated. This is usually found at the bottom of the page next to the name of the publisher.
Bottom of the Page - This is where the information about the person or organization publishing the website is found, if it cannot be found elsewhere on the page or on the website.