Why URLs are Not Enough

Including a URL in a citation, whether a full citation on a Works Cited or References page or on your visual aid, can be helpful to your audience in locating a web resource (and it is required for an APA full citation), but by itself it is not enough for three reasons:

  • URLs are easy to mistype. One character off, and your audience may never find it if you have given no other information.
  • Web sites often reorganize their files. The same page may still be there but in a different location.
  • It does not give credit to the individual who created the information.

If you have included a full citation for web resources used, your audience has a good chance of finding them even if the URLs have changed. Simply typing the author and title into a search engine will probably be enough to find it.


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