How do you cite a website or article in an essay?

How do you cite a website or article in an essay?
if you are taking ideas from somewhere else and putting them in your essay without using exact words, you still have to give the website credit, right? and if so, how do you do that? I have no clue exactly how to cite something in your paper. please, help??

Yes, you have to give credit for ideas that you got from someone else. If your style manual doesn’t give you a way to cite a web site, or if you aren’t adhering to a specific style manual, then just cite it by giving the title of the piece you got it from, and the author (if known), followed by the web address cut and pasted from that page, and date accessed.

Not that Wikipedia is the best place for research, but just as an example, here’s a random article I just pulled up. I would cite it this way:

Frederick Francis I, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, was born in Schwerin, Germany in 1756. (Wikipedia, “Frederick Francis I, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin,”… last accessed Nov. 4, 2012.)