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APA 6th Edition: Basic Web Page

Utica College Library Guide to APA Citation Style

About Citing Web Sites

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

In-Text Citation - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote or paraphrase.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Manual (6th ed.).

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

Basic Web Page (pp. 187-192)

Reference list:

Author Name or Organization Name. (Last update or copyright date; if not known, use n.d.). Title of specific document. Retrieved from URL of specific document


Browning, T. (1993). A brief historical survey of women writers of science fiction. Retrieved from

In-Text Citation:
      (Author Surname, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])
      (Browning, 1993, para. 12)
Helpful Tips:
  • When citing sources that you find on the Internet you only need to include a retrieval date if the information you viewed is likely to change over time (p. 192).  If you reference an article from Wikipedia, for example, you would want to include a retrieval date because information in a wiki can be subject to a lot of change.
  • Sometimes websites are missing pieces of information that you would typically use when citing them, like an author or a date. You can use this table created by APA to help you deal with these sources. 

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