Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 6061

The APA Manual does not give very clear direction on how to cite a webpage, but does give guidance for some web-based sources. It is important to appreciate the nature of the content 

A best practice in this case is to follow the the basic Author, Date, Title, Publication information format. We suggest doing the following:

Author, A. A. (Date). Title of the website [Document description]. Retrieved from http://www.DirectURLtoTheWebsite.gov

Notes: 

  • For many websites there will be no person listed as the author. In those cases use the organzation name as a corporate author. Be sure to use the full name of the organization and avoid acronymns unless they are commonly understood.
  • If you have a full date for when the webpage was posted, use that. For example, if a webpage is for a news source and includes the day and month of publication you should include that as well, just as you would for a print newspaper source.
  • If there is no date use (n.d.). Hint: Look for dates in the footer at the bottom of the webpage.
  • After the title you should may include a document description in square brackets so the reader knows what kind of source is being cited.
  • Include a URL that goes directly to the webpage being cited. If the entire website is being cited use the homepage URL.
  • Do not put a period at the end of a URL. 

Examples:

Government website

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services. (2011). Educational vocational counseling. Retrieved from http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/vec.htm

Podcast

7.07, no. 50, p. 210

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (Producer). (2009, August 25). Protecting the hearing of the young [Audio podcast]. Retrieved from http://podcast.asha.org/2009/04/06/episode-14-protecting-the-hearing-of-the-young

Blog Entry/Post

7.11, no. 76, p. 215

Munger, D. (2007, September 20). The curse of knowledge: Mistaking your beliefs for those of others [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://scienceblogs.com/cognitivedaily/2007/09/20/the-curse-of-knowledge-mistaki

Note: If the authors name is not available, use the screen name.

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