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Citations of this Site

This page contains some guidance on how to refer to this site if you have used it a a source for another work such as an essay, book or web page.

Like all works, this website is protected by copyright and in many instances prior permission is needed before using its contents elsewhere. Guidance on this is given on the separate copyright page.

For academic work, my basic advice is to treat my website exactly like you would a printed text-book and use the normal conventions for citing small amounts of information that you extract from it. Some examples of doing this are given below:

  • Around 150 local prisons were closed in 1877 (Higginbotham, 2021).
  • Around 150 local prisons were closed in 1877.1 [i.e. if you're using footnotes or endnotes]
  • According to the website theprison.org.uk around 150 local prisons were closed in 1877
  • From 1898, prison food was no longer to be used as an "instrument of punishment."2

In the notes/references/bibliography of your work, the reference would then typically be along the lines of:

Higginbotham, Peter "The Prison Website" <http://www.theprison.org.uk/> Date consulted

for example,

Higginbotham, Peter "The Prison Website" <http://www.theprison.org.uk/> consulted 16 April 2022.

Entries for individual page or places take a similar form, e.g. for the Chester County Gaol entry:

Higginbotham, Peter "Chester County Gaols" <http://www.theprison.org.uk/ChesterCG/> consulted 16 April 2022.

References in the text would be in the typical form, for example:

(Higginbotham, 2022)

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