How to cite an online report in APA

APA online report citation

To cite an online report in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the report: 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. Year of publication: Give the year in brackets followed by a full stop.
  3. Title of the report: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. URL or database name: 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 an online report in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the report. (Year of publication). Title of the report. Retrieved from URL or database name

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for an online report citation in action:


A report retrieved online

Department of Making Pregnancy Safer. (2006). Annual report, 2005. Retrieved from World Health Organization website: iris/bitstream/handle/10665/69505/WHO_MPS_07.01_eng.pdf

Note: Reports retrieved online have to include a retrieval statement with the publisher unless the publisher has been identified as the author

A report retrieved online

Bureau of Fiscal Service, Department of Treasury. (2018). Financial report of the United States Government. 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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