Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
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)
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 http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~tonya/Tonya/sf/history.html
(Author Surname, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])
(Browning, 1993, para. 12)
- 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.
Ask Us 24/7
Online help is available anytime via our AskUs 24/7 chat service: