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This template is used to cite sources from web sites.

Usage

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

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate=2019-09-19 |format= |work= }}

Using last, first (with current date)

{{cite web |url= |title= |accessdate=2019-09-19 |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=2019-09-19 |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= |accessyear= |author= |last= |first= |authorlink= |coauthors= |date= |year= |month= |format= |work= |publisher= |pages= |language= |archiveurl= |archivedate= |quote= }}

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

Required parameters

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

For producing a 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".

Optional parameters

  • 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.
    • 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).
  • 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

A standard use case
  • {{Cite web | author=[[John Doe]] | 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 }}
    John Doe (2005-04-30). My Favorite Things Part II. Encyclopedia of Things. Open Publishing. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Using authorlink
  • {{Cite web | author=Doe, John | authorlink=John Doe | 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. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
No publisher; using year only
  • {{Cite web | author=Doe, John | title=My Favorite Things Part II | year=2005 | work=Encyclopedia of Things | url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    → Doe, John (2005). My Favorite Things Part II. Encyclopedia of Things. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
No work; using year and month
  • {{Cite web | author=Doe, John | title=My Favorite Things Part II | year=2005 | month=April | url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    → Doe, John (April 2005). My Favorite Things Part II. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Using editor
  • {{Cite web | author=Doe, John | editor=Jane Smith | title=My Favorite Things Part II | url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    → Doe, John. My Favorite Things Part II. In Jane Smith ed. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Using editor and work
  • {{Cite web | author=Doe, John | editor=Jane Smith | title=My Favorite Things Part II | work=Encyclopedia of Things | url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    → Doe, John. My Favorite Things Part II. In Jane Smith ed. Encyclopedia of Things. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Just accessdate
  • {{Cite web | title=My Favorite Things Part II | url=http://www.example.org/ | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    My Favorite Things Part II. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
No author; using publisher
  • {{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. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
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. Retrieved on July 6, 2005.
Using format, pages
  • {{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 | pages=4 | accessdate=2005-07-06 }}
    List of psychotropic substances under international control (PDF). International Narcotics Control Board. p. 4. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Using language
  • {{Cite web | author=Joliet, François | title=Honnit soit qui mal y pense | date=2005-04-30 | url=http://www.example.org/ | format=PDF | pages=4, 7 | accessdate=2005-07-06 | language=French }}
    → Joliet, François (2005-04-30). Honnit soit qui mal y pense (PDF) (in French). pp. 4, 7. Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
Using coauthors, last, first
  • {{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. Retrieved 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). Retrieved on 2006-05-16.
Using editor
  • {{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 | editor=James Bond }}
    → James Bond ed (2005-04-30). My Favorite Things Part II. Encyclopedia of Things. Open Publishing. Retrieved 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). Retrieved 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). Retrieved on 2005-07-06.
  • {{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 | language=Greek }}
    List of psychotropic substances under international control (PDF) (in Greek). (2005-04-30). Retrieved 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 | pages=4-7 | 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). pp. 4–7. (2005-04-30). Archived from the original on 2005-09-11. Retrieved 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). Archived from the original on 2006-04-26.
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. Retrieved on 2005-07-06. "Lorem ipsum dolor."
Missing required parameters (error)
  • {{Cite web}}
    → Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters url and title must be specified. [{{{url}}} {{{title}}}].
Missing parameters (error)
  • {{Cite web|url=http://www.example.org/|title=My Favorite Things|archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20170617103521/http://media.wizards.com/2017/dnd/dragon/DRA12_barbersilverymoon_jbt.pdf}}
    → Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters archiveurl and archivedate must be both specified or both omitted. My Favorite Things.
Missing parameters (error)
  • {{Cite web|url=http://www.example.org/|title=My Favorite Things|accessmonthday=May 12}}
    → Error on call to Template:cite web: Parameters accessmonthday and accessyear must be both specified or both omitted. My Favorite Things. Retrieved on May 12, {{{accessyear}}}.
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