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APA Style Guide: Websites

American Psychological Association rules for formatting papers, in-text citations, and end references. Examples based on the sixth edition of the Publication Manual from the APA. By Alexis Carlson

Websites

Material Type           In-text Citation              Reference                                                        
   

When citing websites; cite books, journals, magazines, and newspapers the same as you would a print source, then add a retrieval statement. The retrieval statement says Retrieved from www.xxx.xxx Do not end the reference with a period as readers may think it is a portion of the URL. The URL you use should be to the home page of the website rather than the direct URL to the article or book. 

Online book

(Nevitte, 1996).

Nevitte, N. (1996). The decline of deference: Canadian value change in cross-national perspective. Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books                                  

Online newspaper article

(Bolivar, 2011).

 

Bolivar, L. (2011, January 13). Treasure coast bird count shows decline of species unable to adapt to urbanization. TC Palm. Retrieved from http://www.tcpalm.com/

Online journal article (MacLeod, 2009).

MacLeod, A. J. (2009). On integer relations between the area and perimeter of Heron triangles. Forum Geometricorum, 9, 41-46. Retrieved from http://forumgeom.fau.edu/index.html

 

Non-periodical/non-book webpage (The Kodish Group, 2008).

The Kodish Group. (2008). Teeth whitening services. Retrieved from http://www.kodish.com/cosmeticmakeovers-toothwhitening.html

Give the direct URL when citing a single webpage.

Non-periodical/non-book website ("Dental Technology," n.d.).

Dental Technology Center. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.dentaltechnologycenter.com/

Give the URL to the website's homepage when citing more than one page of a website.

Blog posting (Christina, 2011). Christina. (2011, January 12). {New year} projects to keep me on my toes! [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://fromscratchclub.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/new-year-projects-to-keep-me-on-my-toes/