A few things to consider about
works cited entries for on-line sources
Please take close note of sections 11d and 11e of Writing Essentials, and the corresponding information in the GGW. Section 11d discusses
the differences in presentation for two types of print periodicals: scholarly/technical
journals paginated by year; and monthly, weekly, or daily publications (i.e.,
magazines or newspapers) paginated by issue. While most Internet periodicals
are not paginated, they will present primarily by volume/issue/year or by
date (for instance Feb. 2002, Sept. 1999, 16 July 2001). These same conventions
must be applied to on-line periodicals. There is not enough information in
your paper handbook, so consult the GGW and it's ancillary links to
the MLA site and to Harnack and Kleppinger's book to clarify how to present
the works cited entries for the sources used in the Internet works cited
exercise. You cannot document your works cited entries simply by whim, preference,
or ideosyncracy. Use common sense and critical thinking skills to apply the
appropriate conventions to the works cited entries for on-line periodical
Web pages within a layered web site
In general, individual web pages within a site are similar to articles
in a magazine or newspaper, a "minor work" contained within a major work, so they should be documented similarly. A web site, however, is not necessarily
published or updated according to a regular schedule, as a periodical would
be, so it is not exactly the same thing. Nevertheless, date information is
crucial when citing a web site. Your works cited entry for the web sites
should indicate the date that the site was last updated if that information
is given or the date it was published if there is no information about when
it was updated. If no date information is given, then your works cited entry
should indicate the date you accessed it.
The order of presentation
Author* will be listed
first by Lastname, comma, Firstname period. "Title of the Minor Work in Quotation
Marks, period, then close quote." Title of the Major Work in Which it is
Contained, Italicized 0 Dec. 2002** 0
June 2003*** <URLcontainedwithinangledbracketsandfollowedbyaperiod>.
*Works cited lists are alphabetized by the
first letter of the first line of each entry.
**Dates are listed by day month year, and, in
MLA style, months of over five letters are abbreviated.
***The second date is the date accessed.
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