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APA Style 7th Edition: Citing Your Sources

Provide guidance on APA format style based on the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Standard Format

Webpages or Websites

 

Where

Who

When

What

Website name

URL

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B.

Name of Group.

 (year).

(year, Month).

(year, Month date).

(n.d.).

Title of work.

Site Name.

https://xxxx...

Retrieved Month day, year, from https://xxxx...

 

Adapted from American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).  https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000

Formatting Rules

  • Use when there is no other reference categoy that fits the source type and the work has no overarching publication (e.g., journal, blog, conference proceedings, etc.) other than the website itself
  • If you refer to a website in general in you text, do not create a reference or in-text citation, instead refer to the websites name in the text followed by the URL in parentheses
  • Provide the most specific date possible
  • When site name is the designated author, omit including the site name from the reference
  • Include a retrieval date when content is designed to change and the page is not archived

Various Examples

Website Examples

Webpage on a website with a group author

Library of Congress.  (n.d.).  Today in history- February 14.  Retrieved from https://www.loc.gov/item/today-in-history/february-14/

Webpage on a news website

(See Articles for articles in online magazines or newspapers)

Chappell, B.  (2020, January 15).  Virginia ratifies the Equal Rights Amendment, decades after the deadline.  NPR.  https://www.npr.org/2020/01/15/796754345/virginia-ratifies-the-equal-rights-amendment-decades-after-deadline

Webpage on a website with a retrieval date U.S. Census Bureau.  (n.d.)  U.S. and world population clock.  U.S. Department of Commerce.  Retrieved January 15, 2020, from https://www.census.gov/popclock/

Multiple pages from the same website, organization as author

American Psychological Association.  (2019a).  Careers in psychology.  https://www.apa.org/careers/index

American Psychological Association.  (2019b).  Psychology topics.  Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/topics/index

American Psychological Association.  (2019c). About APA.  https://www.apa.org/about/index

See Ch. 10 pp. 313-352 of APA Manual for more examples and formatting rules