6.a. Citing Online — Authors

  • Author: Often lacking altogether, other times it is difficult to find the author of a web site. The following examples illustrate two strategies for hunting down the author’s name:

Example:  Finding the author in the About page

  • Corporate author: Sometimes an organizational entity rather than an individual is responsible for creating the content. A sponsoring organizations acting as a corporate author has a planned, deliberate relationship with the Web site and is responsible for its content.
    Example:
    All About Plagiarism Tutorial. University of Texas Libraries. 25 March 2011. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/instruction/learningmodules/plagiarism/ [/expand]
  • Sponsoring organization: Even if the author is known, the sponsoring organization can provide important context by which the quality of the information may be judged. Some style guides, like MLA, recommend including sponsoring organization information whenever possible. 
    Example:
    Russell, Tony, Allen Brizee, Elizabeth Angeli, and Russell Keck. MLA Formatting and Style Guide. Purdue University Online Writing Lab, 2012. Web. 9 Aug. 2012. [/expand]
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