When I am citing web sources, should I give the URL within the text itself?

  • Some URLs are insanely long and difficult to understand, especially if served by a database. Be careful that you don't insert essentially meaningless things that distract the reader.
    – Buffy
    Oct 18, 2020 at 21:52
  • Please add more details. A GitHub repo? absoutely. a nonsense url like buffs mentions, no Oct 18, 2020 at 23:01

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Usually, web sources have an author and a publication/creation date as well. These you can add in-text, and then put Author, Year, Title, website and retrieval date in the reference list.

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