How to locate bibliographical information
When you find a page as a result of a Google search or as a link from another page, the bibliographical information may not be immediately apparent. There are several ways to track down the information if it is posted.
- Start by scrolling to the bottom of the page. The author's name or title of the journal may be there. There may be a link back to the home page which does give bibliographical information.
- In the URL at the top, slashes separate folders. Delete from the URL the last entry following a slash. For example, if the URL is http://literature.unm.edu/milton/paradiselost/essay_1067.htm, you could start by deleting "essay_1067.htm" and hitting the Enter key. If the Paradise Lost page has an index or default page, this will show up. It may have a menu listing the authors of the various essays. Keep eliminating folders until you come to a page with useful information on it.
- If all else fails, return to the original resource page, place the cursor on some text, and right-click. From the resulting menu, select "View Source" to see the HTML code which generates the page. Near the top of the page, there may be some metatags with information about authorship of the page, date of composition, etc.