How to cite a government website in APA

APA government website citation

Generally, it is not necessary to cite a website in a reference entry in APA style. According to the APA guidelines, one can simply add the URL of the website as an in-text citation, e.g.:

The website USA gov ( claims to be an online guide to government information and services.

To cite a government website in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of government website: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Date of publication: Give the year, month and day in brackets followed by a full stop, e.g. (2019, June 13).
  3. Title of government website: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Format: Describe any specific item found on the website, e.g. Brochure, Image, Video file, etc.
  5. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a government website in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of government website. (Date of publication). Title of government website [Format]. Retrieved from URL

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for a government website citation in action:


A brochure found on a website by a government agency

Office for Human Research Protections. (n.d.). Becoming a research volunteer: It's your decision [Brochure]. Retrieved from brochures/3panelfinal.pdf

A video found on a website by a government agency

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. (2018, Oct 19). Managing someone else's money: Guidebooks for financial caregivers [Video file]. Retrieved from
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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