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Footnote - Referencing Guide

Internet Documents


Cite documents published on the internet according to the specific guidelines for the type of document. More specific information is available for Books and Journal Articles.

Government reports and company annual reports are examples of documents that may be published on the internet.

Titles of websites are not italicised.

Please note: If no author or editor is given and the document is not a part, article or chapter, then citation is by title.


Standard format for citation

Internet document:

Author, A. A. Document Title. Place of publication: Publisher, Date of publication. Internet address.


Internet site:

Author, A. A. "Page Title." Site Title. Published or Updated Month Day, Year. Internet address.


Blog entries

Schmidt, Ben. "Biblio Bizarre: Who Publishes in Google Books." Sapping Attention (blog), April 23, 2014.

Government publication: Australian government agency document

Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Social Trends, (cat. no. 4102.0). Canberra: ABS, December 2010.$File/41020_astdec2010.pdf.

Government publication: Government department document

Western Australia. Department of Treasury and Finance. Reducing the Burden: Report of the Red Tape Reduction Group. Perth: The Department, 2009.

Internet site

University of California. Calisphere: A World of Primary Sources and More. Oakland, CA: California Digital Library, 2010. Updated October 27, 2016.

Internet site - government

Australian Electoral Commission. A Short History of Federal Electoral Reform in Australia.Updated August 9, 2017.

State Records Office of Western Australia. "Retention and Disposal Schedules." Disposal of State Records. Updated November 17, 2008.

Internet site - personal

Lancashire, Ian. Home Page. Updated July, 2016.

Legislation: Commonwealth

Domicile Act 1982 (Commonwealth). Consolidated, July 10, 2008.

Legislation: State

Dog Act 1989 (Western Australia). Version 06-a0-02.

Working paper

Schlee, Gunther, and Isir Schlee. "Limits to Political Engagement: The Case of the Somali Diaspora." Working Paper Series 125. Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Halle, Germany, 2010.

See the All Examples page for examples of in-text and reference list entries for specific resources such as articles, books, internet documents and web pages.