Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 22, 2017     Views: 19633

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):

Smith, G. (2013, April 4). Magnets Tesla: How they work. Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magnet

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). Retrieval 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/

See this document by the American Psychological Association for more information on how to cite something you found on a website if some information is missing.

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

More Information

For more information about citing websites in APA Style, please visit our APA Guide or check out the resources below. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing websites in APA Style.

Video Tutorials: APA (6th Ed.) Research Paper Basics (Full Playlist)

Video tutorials on APA style are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need additional information about citing sources in APA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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