Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jul 18, 2017     Views: 21869

Entire Website

According to the APA manual (6th ed.), you do not need to cite entire websites in the reference list.  In the body of the paper, provide the name of the site and URL. 

For example, the sentence below may appear within the body of a paper:

The Department of Health has just released a new site called HealthCare.gov at http://www.healthcare.gov/ to help people identify and compare health care programs available in their area.

Web Page/Document

If you're citing a page or document from a website, the content type determines how you should cite the source (e.g. journal article, blog post, wiki, YouTube video, etc.). If you're citing something whose content type isn't clearly defined (see Ch. 7 in the APA Manual), you may consider using this format which includes four key pieces of information:

Author, A. (date). Title of document. Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

You may also need to add a format description after the title of the document if the format is unusual (e.g. lecture notes).

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Fox, S. (2010, June 8). How do Magnet's Work? Retrieved from http://www.livescience.com/32633-how-do-magnets-work.html

Web Page/Document, No Author

If you're citing a web page or document that has no author, start by listing the title of the or the page or document:

Title of the web page/document. (Date). Retrieved from http://www.someaddress.com/full/url/

For example (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Rare new fossil discovered in Greenland. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.cnn.com/

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing a website.

You may also want to consider:

This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to cite a website in your class assignments and projects.

References

American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

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