Websites and Electronic Content

Note: This page deals with CSE style citation in the Name-Year system. Click here for Citation-Sequence and Citation-Name. 

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General Guidelines

Although online documents such as websites or documents may differ from print books or journals, the basic methods of citation remain the same.

  • Update and access dates (e.g. [Date updated; Date accessed] must be included when citing an online resource. If no update date is available, simply enter in the date accessed.
  • A URL or DOI (Digital Object Identifier) must be included in the "Notes" field when citing an online reference.

Website

Title of Homepage. Date. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. [updated YYYY MMM DD; accessed YYYY MMM DD]. Extent. Notes.

Example

Home - Council of Science Editors. c2019. Oakbrook Terrace (IL): Council of Science Editors. [accessed 2019 Mar 29]. https://www.councilscienceeditors.org/

Blog

Author’s name. Date. Title of post [content designator]. Title of blog. [updated YYYY MMM DD; accessed YYYY MMM DD]. Extent. Notes.

Example

Lewis R. 2019 Jan 31. 300th post at DNA science today [blog]. DNA Science Blog. [accessed 2019 Mar 29]. https://blogs.plos.org/dnascience/2019/01/31/300th-post-at-dna-science-t...

Database

Title of Database. Beginning date - ending date. Edition. Place of publication: publisher. [updated YYYY MMM DD; accessed YYYY MMM DD]. Extent. Notes.

Example

Drug Product Database. 2012 - . Ottawa (ON): Public Health. [updated 2018 Dec 14; accessed 2019 Mar 29]. https://health-products.canada.ca/dpd-bdpp/index-eng.jsp

Online Video

Title [content designator]. Date posted, length. Program title (if available). Producer. [updated YYYY MMM DD; accessed YYYY MMM DD]. Extent. Notes.

Example

Conference by professor Paul r. Elrich. Population, environment, ethics: where we stand now [video]. 2016 May 6, 1:32:52. UNILTV. [accessed 2019 Mar 29]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GV0W7knhLmE

Dataset

Author(s). Date. Title [content designator]. Place of publication: Publisher. [updated YYYY MMM DD; accessed YYYY MMM DD]. Extent. Notes.

Example

Gao J, Rivadenera F, Rondon GR. 2018. The government of canada debt securities data set [data set]. Ottawa (ON): Bank of Canada. [accessed 2019 Mar 29]. https://www.bankofcanada.ca/2018/02/technical-report-112/

Content last reviewed: March 14, 2019