[Ads-l] Citing websites in academic articles and books

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 23 16:10:18 EDT 2017

Given the disparity in standards, as others have noted, perhaps providing a button that generates a citation for your users would be of use on your website. The citation generator could also check the entry to see if the information is in a book to provide a book citation as well. BB

> On 23 Mar 2017, at 11:14, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> Occasionally I receive questions from academics who wish to cite
> information residing on the Quote Investigator website. A questioner
> will ask if I have published the material. Some material is now in my
> book: "Hemingway Didn't Say That", but most has never been published
> in a journal or book.
> What standards have been developed within academia for citing web content?
> The instability of website content is a significant problem. I am
> currently working on an article about the saying "Insanity Is Doing
> the Same Thing Over and Over and Expecting Different Results". Back in
> 2011 I found an instance in a "Narcotics Anonymous" pamphlet (scanned
> PDF) printed in November 1981 (according to a note within the
> document).
> Now the website has been reorganized and I cannot find the pamphlet on
> the website. I still have the PDF document, but I cannot give a web
> pointer to other researchers.
> The Internet Archive Wayback Machine collects snapshots of many
> websites and provides greater stability. But the snapshots are
> sometimes incomplete. Also, there are complications due to copyright.
> I realize that this issue has been discussed for years. Has any
> consensus developed?

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