Fields switched in "InternetSite" (Web Site) type?

Jan 18, 2011 at 6:10 PM

I am using the "IEEE - Reference Order" Style, "InternetSite" (Web Site) type of source.

I think the “Name of Web Page” field is switched with the “Name of Web Site."

I interpret "Name of Web Page" to be the field that houses the title of the individual page.
And I interpret "Name of Web Site" to be the filed that houses the name of the parent website.
Is that right?

If so, when I add data to my citation using that logic, I get the following entry.  (Notice that the title of the web page does not appear. Only the parent website name appears. The name of the web page is "Before We are Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans" and the parent website is www.whitehouse.gov.)

U.S. Government. (2011, January) http://www.whitehouse.gov/. [Online]. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/01/15/weekly-address-we-are-democrats-or-republicans-we-are-americans

When I switch the style to Chicago, I get the following entry (in which the title of the web page appears in italics).

U.S. Government. Before We are Democrats or Republicans, We are Americans. January 2011. http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/01/15/weekly-address-we-are-democrats-or-republicans-we-are-americans.

It seems to me that the two fields are just called up in the wrong way. Is this intentional?

Coordinator
Jan 18, 2011 at 9:17 PM

Yes, this is intentional. The title of the website is always preferred over the title of the individual page as far as I can tell from the IEEE documentation. Only if the website has no title, the title of the individual page will be used. This is also illustrated in the fact that documents from internet sites use the exact same formatting.

Note that the title of a website is not its base address. So in your example the title of the website is actually "The White House" and not "http://www.whitehouse.gov" as you entered it.

Jan 20, 2011 at 12:07 PM

Thanks so much for the help and explanation!