In citing data from a website, include the following elements, if available, in the order shown:
Author(s), if given (often, no authors are given). Title of the specific item cited (if none is given, use the name of the organization responsible for the site11). Name of the website. URL [provide URL and verify that the link still works as close as possible to publication]. Published [date]. Updated [date]. Accessed [date].
As Patrias11 notes, “the title page is the usual place to look for citation information in a print publication, but no standards have been adopted for the Internet for the content of what would equate to a title page.” This can make constructing a reference for a website difficult, but as much relevant information as possible should be included.
1. International Society for Infectious Diseases. ProMED-mail website. http://www.promedmail.org. Accessed April 29, 2004.
2. Sullivan D. Major search engines and directories. SearchEngineWatch website. http://www.searchenginewatch.com/links/article.php/2156221. Updated April 28, 2004. Accessed December 6, 2005.
3. Interim guidance about avian influenza A (H5N1) for US citizens living abroad. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/travel/other/avian_flu_ig_americans_abroad_032405.htm. Updated November 18, 2005. Accessed December 6, 2005.
4. Sample size calculation. Grapentine Co Inc. http://www.grapentine.com/calculator.htm. Accessed December 6, 2005.
5. Recommendations for the care and maintenance of high intensity metal halide and mercury vapor lighting in schools. National Electrical Manufacturers Association. http://www.nema.org/stds/halide-schools.cfm#download. Accessed December 6, 2005.
6. Truth and reconciliation: examining human rights violations in South Africa’s health sector: submission to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission concerning the role of health professionals in gross violations of human rights. American Association for the Advancement of Science website. http://shr.aaas.org/trc-med/presub.htm. Published 1997. Accessed April 30, 2004.