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FAQ: How do I cite a website in APA style?

Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2018     Views: 57922

For more information on citing websites and webpages, please consult the APA Manual and the APA Style Blog – Website.

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 (see "How do you cite an entire website (but not a specific document on that site)?" for more information):

In-text citation:

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:

General Format:

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

Single Author

General Format:

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

For Example:

Barasch, A. (2018, April 2). Yes, Africa is splitting in two, and it’s extremely slow and extremely fast. Retrieved from https://slate.com/technology/2018/04/yes-africa-is-splitting-in-two-and-its-extremely-slow-and-extremely-fast.html

Multiple Authors

General Format:

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

For Example:

Harel, D., Katz, G., Marelly, R., & Marronn, A. (2015, January 23). Wise computing: Towards endowing system development with true wisdom. Retrieved from https://arxiv.org/abs/1501.05924

Corporate Authors

General Format:

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

For Example:

CROW Clinic. (2016). Found an animal? Here’s what to do. Retrieved from http://www.crowclinic.org/found-animal

Corresponding In-text citations:

(Barasch, 2018)

(Harel, Katz, Marelly, & Marronn, 2015)

(CROW Clinic, 2016)

More information:

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC/On-Campus 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.

How do you cite an entire website (but not a specific document on that site)? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/cite-website.aspx

How do you reference a web page that lists no author? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.apastyle.org/learn/faqs/web-page-no-author.aspx

Lee, C. How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2010/11/how-to-cite-something-you-found-on-a-website-in-apa-style.html?_ga=2.34058281.941829395.1507821983-667383514.1507555729

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