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APA Citation Guide: Citing a Web page

In-Text Citations

For an overview of the ways to cite electronic information in text in APA style, see the Purdue OWL, which provides an overview of the basic in text citation formats.

The APA Style website provides an overview of information regarding citations in text of electronic material on the APA Frequently Asked Questions page, including e-mail communications, entire websites, web pages with no authors, and website material with no author, no year, and no page numbers.

Website citation tips

The APA Style website, www.apastyle.org, has a page with information about where to go to find the preferred spelling of words for APA style. 

Information about citing e-mail messages, websites with no author, entire websites, and more can be found in the APA Style Frequently Asked Questions page under the References section.

The BGSU library has an APA Style PDF handout that you can refer to for APA style examples.

The Purdue OWL has a detailed page with examples of electronic resources in APA format.

Nonperiodical Web document, Web page, or report

The general rule for citing Web pages in APA format is to include as much information as possible. If there is no date available, use (n.d.), which stands for "no date". If the website URL you are citing runs onto the next line, be sure to break the address after a "/" (http:// is an exception). More information about electronic sources is available on the Purdue OWL site.

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. Author's Middle Initial. (Year, Month Day
          of publication).
Title of document. Retrieved from http://webpage address

Doctorow, C. (2009, August 13). Photos of science fiction writers' nests. Retrieved
          from http://www.boingboing.net/2009/08/13/photos-of-science-fi.html

Web page with no author

When there is no author for a Web page, the title of the page takes the place of the author and is listed first. If there is no date available, use (n.d.), which stands for "no date". If the website URL you are citing runs onto the next line, be sure to break the address after a "/" (http:// is an exception).

Title of document. (Year, Month Day of publication).  Retrieved from

http://webpage address

Tenn. couple accused of assault using Cheetos. (2009, June 27).  Retrieved from

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31580100/ns/us_news-weird_news/