Answer: Quoting from a Website

F.A.Q. #6


I am trying to quote something said on a website page.  Can you help with this? I am writing a paper on the various personality types, and wanted to add some verbiage about the differences between Keirsey’s definitions and Jung-Myers definitions.   Here is the website:


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Vera B., Monterey, CA


You could use at least two different formats for your electronic reference: MLA or APA.  I will demonstrate each format but, ultimately, the choice is yours.  The only thing though is that if you have to quote other electronic references in a same paper, you’ll have to stick with the same format you used for the first electronic reference (you can’t use different formats in a same document).

MLA Style:

Keirsey, David.  September 17, 2007. <>.

APA Style:

Keirsey, David (1998).  Please Understand Me II.   Retrieved September 17, 2007 from

I personally prefer the APA Style because it gives the reader more information regarding the source.  As for the quotation within your paper, it should look like this:

 “[…] Jung and Myers were trying to figure out what the different types have in mind, while I am trying to figure out what they can do well under varying circumstances”1.

Regarding the reference, you can either use an endnote (at the end of your paper) or a footnote (at the bottom of the page on which the quote is cited).  Again, if you choose footnotes, you must stick with it for all of the other references in a same paper. I personally prefer footnotes because the reader can look at the source’s reference very quickly (it’s on the same page).

Here’s an example of how your footnote / endnote should look like if you decide to use the APA Style:

Keirsey, David (1998).  Please Understand Me II.  Retrieved September 17, 2007 from


Citing a Book Written by Numerous Authors

Citing the Back Cover of a Book

Endnotes’ Procedure and Number of References

Footnote for a Foreword

Footnote Regarding an Expert Author’s Paragraph

Footnotes and Copyright Protected Documents

Footnotes and Direct References

Footnotes and Official Letters

Footnotes and Punctuation Marks

Footnoting a Citation from a Translated Book

Numbering and Continuation of Footnotes

Positioning of the Number

Proper Reference for the Transcription of a Conference

Proper Use of the Ibid. Terminology

Quoting a Book’s Section Written by a Single Author

Quoting from a Dictionary

Quoting from a Website

Reference for a Scholar’s Lecture

Reference for an Essay Published in a Book with Many Authors

Referencing Photos and Pictures

Two Footnotes in a Single Sentence

Using a Source More Than Once

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