Template:cite web

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This template is used for citing websites.

Usage[change]

Common form for cases where little is known about authorship of the page (with current date)

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate=2019-12-15 |format= |work= }}

Using last, first (with current date)

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate=2019-12-15 |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

Using author (with current date)

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate=2019-12-15 |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

Using non-linked retrieved date, last, first

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessmonthday= |accessyear= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

Using non-linked retrieved date, author

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessmonthday= |accessyear= |author= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

All parameters, horizontal format (delete the ones you don't need)

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate= |accessmonthday= |accessdaymonth = |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |doi= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

All parameters, vertical format
{{cite web
|url=
|title=
|accessdate=
|accessdaymonth=
|accessmonthday=
|accessyear=
|author=
|last=
|first=
|authorlink=
|coauthors=
|date=
|year=
|month=
|format=
|work=
|publisher=
|pages=
|language=
|doi=
|archiveurl=
|archivedate=
|quote=
}}

Required parameters[change]

  • url: URL of online item.
  • title: Title of online item.

For producing a wikilinked date of retrieval:

  • accessdate: Full date when item was accessed, in ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD format, for example "accessdate = 2019-12-15". Must not be wikilinked

For producing a non-wikilinked date of retrieval:

  • accessmonthday and accessyear: Month and day when item was accessed, for example "accessmonthday = May 10", and year when item was accessed, for example "accessyear = 2005". Produces: Retrieved on May 10, 2006.
  • accessdaymonth and accessyear: Month and day when item was accessed, for example "accessmonthday = 10 May", and year when item was accessed, for example "accessyear = 2005". Produces: Retrieved on 10 May 2006.

Optional parameters[change]

  • author: Author
    • last works with first to produce last, first
    • authorlink works either with author or with last & first to link to the appropriate wikipedia article. Does not work with URLs.
    • coauthors: allows additional authors
  • date: Full date of publication, preferably in ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD format, e.g. 2006-02-17. May be wikilinked.
    • OR: year: Year of publication, and month: Name of the month of publication. If you also have the day, use date instead. Must not be wikilinked.
  • format: Format, e.g. PDF. HTML implied if not specified.
  • work: If this item is part of a larger work, name of that work.
  • publisher: Publisher, if any.
  • pages: pp. 5–7: first page and optional last page. This is for listing the pages relevant to the citation, not the total number of pages in the book. This is especially useful for PDF format, where the page can be linked to with the #page=number anchor tagged on the end of the URL:
    pages = [http://www.example.org/file.pdf#page=123 p. 123]
  • language: language of publication (don't specify "English" as this is the default).
  • doi: A digital object identifier for the document, such as 10.1038/news070508-7
    • Doilabel: If the doi contains some characters that must be escaped, use "doilabel" for the unescaped version. See {{doi}}: "id" is equivalent to "doi" and "label" is "doilabel"
  • archiveurl: URL of the archive location of the item (requires archivedate)
  • archivedate: Date when the item was archived (requires archiveurl), in ISO 8601 YYYY-MM-DD format, e.g. 2006-02-17. Must not be wikilinked; it will be linked automatically.
  • quote: Relevant quote from online item.

Examples[change]

Some standard use cases
  • {{cite web |author=Doe, John |title=My favorite things part II |publisher=Open Publishing |date=[[2005-04-30]] |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    Doe, John (2005-04-30). "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. Open Publishing. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |author=Doe, John |title=My favorite things part II |date=[[2005-04-30]] |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    Doe, John (2005-04-30). "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |author=Doe, John |title=My favorite things part II |date=[[2005-04-30]] |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    Doe, John (2005-04-30). "My favorite things part II." URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |author=Doe, John |title=My favorite things part II |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    Doe, John. "My favorite things part II." URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    "My favorite things part II." URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |url=http://www.nfl.com/fans/ |title=Digest of rules |publisher= National Football League |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    "Digest of rules." National Football League. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
Non-linking date of retrieval (using accessmonthday and accessyear)
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessmonthday=July 6 |accessyear=2005 }}
    "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things.
Using format
  • {{cite web |title=List of psychotropic substances under international control |publisher=International Narcotics Control Board |url=http://www.incb.org/pdf/e/list/green.pdf |format=PDF |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    "List of psychotropic substances under international control." (PDF) International Narcotics Control Board. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
language
  • {{cite web |author=Joliet, François |title=Honnit soit qui mal y pense |date=[[2005-04-30]] |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 |language=French }}
    Joliet, François (2005-04-30). "Honnit soit qui mal y pense (in French)." URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
coauthors
  • {{cite web |first=John |last=Doe |coauthors=Peter Smith, Jim Smythe |title=My favorite things part II |publisher=Open Publishing |date=[[2005-04-30]] |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2006-05-16 }}
    Doe, John; Peter Smith, Jim Smythe (2005-04-30). "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. Open Publishing. URL accessed on 2006-05-16.
No author
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |publisher=Open Publishing |date=[[2005-04-30]] |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2006-05-16 }}
    "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. Open Publishing: 2005-04-30. URL accessed on 2006-05-16.
No author, no publisher
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |date=[[2005-04-30]] |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. 2005-04-30. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |date=[[2005-04-30]] |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06}}
    "My favorite things part II." 2005-04-30. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
Using archiveurl and archivedate to refer to items that went away but are available from an archive site
  • {{cite web |title=List of psychotropic substances under international control |date=[[2005-04-30]] |url=http://www.incb.org/pdf/e/list/green.pdf |format=PDF |accessdate=2005-07-06 |archiveurl=http://www.archive.org/2005-09-11/www.incb.org/pdf/e/list/green.pdf |archivedate=2005-09-11 }}
    "List of psychotropic substances under international control." (PDF) 2005-04-30. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
  • {{cite web |url=http://joanjettbadrep.com/cgi-bin/fullStory.cgi?archive=currnews&story=20060405-01shore.htm |title=Interview with Maggie Downs |date=[[2006-03-31]] |publisher=The Desert Sun |archiveurl=http://72.14.207.104/search?q=cache:JAxf4v-pQmgJ:joanjettbadrep.com/cgi-bin/fullStory.cgi%3Farchive%3Dcurrnews%26story%3D20060405-01shore.htm |archivedate=2006-04-26 }}
    "Interview with Maggie Downs." The Desert Sun: 2006-03-31.
Using quote
  • {{cite web |title=My favorite things part II |work=Encyclopedia of things |url=http://www.example.org/ |accessdate=2005-07-06 |quote=Lorem ipsum dolor. }}
    "My favorite things part II." Encyclopedia of things. URL accessed on 2005-07-06.
No parameters (error)
  • {{cite web}}
    Error on call to template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified

TemplateData[change]

This is the TemplateData documentation for the template used by the new VisualEditor.

Cite web

Template for citing web sites.

Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
URLurl

The URL to the web page.

Stringrequired
Titletitle

The title of the web page cited.

Stringrequired
Authorauthor

The name of the author who created the web page.

Stringoptional
Last namelast

The author's last name.

Stringoptional
Author pageauthorlink

The Wikipedia article of the author (if any).

Pageoptional
First namefirst

The author's first name.

Stringoptional
Co-authorscoauthors

The co-authors of the web page.

Stringoptional
Date publisheddate

The date in which the web page was published.

Stringoptional
Year publishedyear

The year the web page was published.

Numberoptional
Month publishedmonth

The month the web page was published.

Numberoptional
Curly quotescurly

Whether or not to use curly quotation marks, blank for false.

Stringoptional
Languagelanguage

The language that the web page is in.

Stringoptional
Formatformat

The format of the page (such as PDF).

Default
HTML
Stringoptional
Workwork

The name of the work that the web page is part of (if any).

Stringoptional
Pagespages

The page number of the web page (if part of a publication).

Stringoptional
Publisherpublisher

The publisher of the web page.

Stringoptional
Last accessed dateaccessdate

The date where the web page was last accessed.

Stringoptional
Last accessed yearaccessyear

The year in which the web page was last accessed.

Stringoptional