How do I cite a sub-topic under a topic on a website?

I used the Wolfbane Cybernetic website to find the meaning of a disease code on a 1932 death certificate. My waypoints were>International Classification of Diseases>ILCD Revision 4 (1929).  Do I format "ILCD Revision 4 (1929)" as a chapter in "International Classification of Diseases"?  If so, are both titles in quotes, or is the chapter in quotes and the title in italics?

Submitted byEEon Mon, 08/21/2023 - 09:05

jkiggs, this is indeed a confusing site, though very helpful.  The issues are these:

  • What is the title of the article?
  • What is the title of the website?

"International List of Causes of Death, Revision 4 (1929)" is clearly a sub-part of "International Classification of Diseases," which is a sub-part of the website Wolfbane Cybdernetic.  Perhaps the clearest way of treating it is this: 

"International Classification of Diseases," Wolfbane Cybernetic : accessed 21 August 2023), "International List of Causes of Death, Revision 4 (1929)."

Because there is a specific URL for the specific-item page you are citing, you do not have to cite the path and waypoints that got you there. Using just the URL creates a clearer and shorter citation. 

This citation follows our QuickStart Guide's basic pattern for "Website with Multiple Offerings." The only differences are these:

  • There is no author to cite for the article; so that field is not used.
  • The website is self-named, so the field for the creator of the website does not have to be used.