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Academic Integrity - Referencing, Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism: Plagiarism and the Internet

This guide explains what referencing and citation is and how to use the APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Vancouver Styles. It includes links to each style guide.

Citing information on the Internet

The Internet is a popular source of information for student papers. To avoid plagiarising these sources follow the same guidelines as print sources.

  • when referring to ideas or quotations from a website, you must cite that source in your text.
  • when copying visual information or graphics such as images or data charts from the Internet, the source of the visual information or graphic must be cited.
  • each reference style has particular rules about including URLs, website names and accessed date information, check with your school style to see what guidelines are given.


For example in the APA style the Author of the website should be cited in-text, and a full reference given at the end for the website including the URL.

In-text citation, APA Style:

Another approach (Gambill, 2011) suggests...

Reference List entry, APA Style:

Gambil l, G (April 6th 2011). Assad's survival strategy. Foreign Policy. Retrieved April 18th, 2011, from

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