Citing a website that informed your college essay is a critical step in the writing process. They also lend credibility to academic writing by demonstrating the research that informed the content. Professors generally require students to follow a particular style guide when they write essays. Ask the professor which format she prefers, if she has not already announced her preference. Each format assembles reference information in a distinct way, and some professors will deduct points from essays that do not follow the style guide they expect students to use. Also, ask if she wants a URL Web address included for each website citation.
The reference page should appear at the end of the paper. It should be separated from the last page of text. Each source cited in the paper should appear twice—it should be cited in the actual text and then listed on the reference page. The APA reference page is a separate page at the end of your paper where all sources you cited in the main text are listed APA style dictates that the references page should be double-spaced, and that entries should be formatted with a hanging indent. A hanging indent is formatted so that the first line of each entry is at the left margin and subsequent lines in the same entry should be indented.
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