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Research and Citation

You know you have to cite your work, but you're not sure how. Take a look at this guide to help get you started.

Types of Web Pages

Advocacy - The primary purpose of this type of page is to influence public opinion. A single person or a group may be responsible for the page. The URL will often end with .org. Examples of advocacy pages include the National Right to Life Committee and the Democratic Party web pages.

Business - The primary purpose of a commercial page is to promote or sell products or services. The URL will most often end with .com. Examples include Amazon and the Dell Computer web sites.

Entertainment - The primary purpose of an entertainment page is to provide amusement and enjoyment. The URL may have a variety of endings. An example is the Mentos FAQ page.

Informational - The primary purpose of an informational page is providing factual information like census data, research reports or a calendar of events. Information is found on many different types of web pages so the URL could have a variety of endings. Examples include the Library of Congress Country Studies and the Red Hot Chili Peppers Tour dates page.

News - The primary purpose of a news page is to provide current information on regional, state and national events. The URL will often end in .com. Examples include the New York Times web site and the USA Today web site.

Personal - Personal pages are diverse and may be devoted to a hobby or favorite activity. The URL will have a variety of endings. An example is Jenny from the Blog personal page.