Electronic Sources (ranked choices)

#1 – Documenting Electronic Sources, The OWL at Purdue (e-handout)
 http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/584/01/

Purdue’s OWL (Online Writing Lab) was one of the first such online services and remains one of the most respected.  Electronic sources are some of the most confusing types of sources to cite because the changing and expanding nature of new media means it often does not fit neatly into the traditional citation format structure.  This resource is really a conduit to links to specific resources on documenting electronic sources and is made up of three sections.  The first section is an overview of the issues concerning online sources.  The second section links to resources that examine the issues and intricacies of electronic sources in MLA, APA, and discipline-specific styles from Chicago Manual of Style to Biology/CBE style.  The final section is a list of links to online guides to citing electronic sources.

#2 – How to Cite Electronic Sources, The Library of Congress Learning Page 
 http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/ndlpedu/start/cite/

The Library of Congress has a “Learning Page” that explains how to cite sources accessed electronically such as cartoons, films, maps, photographs, sound recordings, presentations, texts, legal documents, and newspapers.

#3 – Columbia Guide to Online Style (2nd ed.), Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor (companion web site)
 http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cup/cgos2006/basic.html

This companion web site for the print  The Columbia Guide to Online Style publication provides samples from the book on how to cite electronically accesses sources in MLA, Chicago, APA and CBE.

#4 – Online! A Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources (companion web site) 
Andrew Harnack and Eugene Kleppinger
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/online/index.html

This companion web site includes a section on how to cite electronic sources from web sites to email messages in MLA, APA, Chicago, CBE, and other styles.  The book was published in 2003 and the website has not been updated since then making some of the most recent electronic source types such as blogs absent from the list.


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