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How to cite web pages changes depending on the referencing style you are using. 

Most styles require the author of the page (which may be a corporation or department, rather than a person); the date (at least the year) the page was last updated; the title of the page or document; and the URL for the page.  Some styles also require the date you last looked at the site.  If there is no date then use n.d. for APA. Then you have to look at the appropriate pattern for the style to format it properly (we have instructions for all of our major styles on the Referencing Guide.  If you aren't sure where to find the information for your style, let us know and we'll point you in the right direction.

This example is based on the assumption that you are using APA 7th Edition (an AMA example is further below):

Queensland Health. (n.d.). How to check your skin for skin cancer. Queensland Government. https://www.health.qld.gov.au/news-events/news/how-to-check-your-skin-for-skin-cancer

Some notes:

  1. The author can be the trickiest part of a website reference. You have to look for who seems to be claiming the information - and there may be more than one candidate. For a Queensland Health page, the author could be Queensland Health, or the Queensland Government. Generally speaking, you should make the "department" the author.
  2. APA 7th wants a "site" name to go with the page details - this is the big granddaddy site in which this page lives. Once again, you could have gone with Queensland Health or Queensland Government. Since Queensland Health was already being used as the author, this was a good way to acknowledge the role the Queensland Goverment plays in providing this information. Think of it as the parent of the page you are citing and that may make it easier, or contact a librarian to ask for help.
  3. If the webpage has a clear date written on it, you should use that date, but if it has a copyright date range like 1996-2021 and nothing else, treat it like it has no date (n.d.)
  4. Note that the title of the webpage is in italics, but the title of the site isn't. This is one of the only places

In text, this would look like this, the first time you mentioned it: (International Business Machines [IBM], ca. 2016), and from then on you could write this: (IBM, ca. 2016).

If you were using AMA, it would look like this:

  1. Stockholder services. International Business Machines. http://www.ibm.com/investor/services/. Updated 2016. Accessed May 19, 2016.