Web sites are sometimes the most confusing sources to cite. Magazine, journal, and newspaper articles and even books are all found on the web; in those cases, citations will be similar to print versions of magazine, journals, newspapers and books. Sometimes, however, the content on a web page does not fit into one of those categories. In cases like these, you need:
U.S. Department of State. (2010). Trafficking in persons report 2010. Retrieved from
U.S. Department of State. Trafficking in Persons Report 2010. U.S. Department of State. June
2010. Web. 7 July 2010.
Keep in mind that sources that provide more of this information are likely to be more credible than those that do not, so if you are having trouble finding some of this information you should carefully evaluate whether to use the source in your speech.
Places to look for this information include:
In particular, author is usually at the top or bottom of the page.
Title of the web page can be found either on the top of the page or on the top toolbar.
The title of the web site and the publisher or sponsor of the site can usually be found by looking at the home page of the site, e.g. for http://www.state.gov/g/tip/rls/tiprpt/2010/index.htm, cut off the rest of the URL and look at http://www.state.gov, or in "About Us" link.
The date of publication, if there is one, is usually at the top or bottom of the page.
The date of access is just the date you looked at the site.