How much of the URL do I need to cite?

17 Dec

For items freely available on the open web, the answer is the direct link to the precise source you’re referencing.  For articles in subscription databases, this can be a little trickier.

  • MUSE makes it easy, with a fairly concise URL that you can cut and paste directly from the browser’s address bar
  • If you follow this same method in Gale, then the URL is likely to take up two or three lines of your citation, so there’s a shorter alternative. See the video below to find out more.
  • For JSTOR, you should reference the stable URL. Where do you find that?  Watch the video.
  • And for eBooks in NetLibrary or Google Book, you should include enough of the URL to include the id or Product id for the book.  Where is the id or Product id?  You guessed it – watch the video!

To play the video, click on the image below, then after the Screentoaster page opens, click the play button.

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Posted by on December 17, 2009 in database, tip


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