How to cite a webpage in APA
Generally, it is not necessary to cite a webpage 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 Nautilus (http://nautil.us/) delivers a big-picture science by reporting on a single monthly topic from multiple perspectives.
To cite a webpage in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:
- Author(s) of the webpage: 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.
- Date of publication: Give the year, month and day in brackets followed by a full stop, e.g. (2019, June 13).
- Title of the webpage: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
- Format: Describe any item found on the webpage.
- 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 webpage in APA style 6th edition:
.(Date of publication). Title of the webpage [Format]. Retrieved from URL
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines in action:
A webpage with an individual author and no date
n.d.). Dr. Robbert Dijkgraaf [Animated short]. Retrieved from http://spark.nautil.us/video/109/dr-robbert-dijkgraaf. (
A webpage with a group author and no date
n.d.). Carbon cycle infographic [Image]. Retrieved from https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/136/infographic-earths-carbon-cycle-is-off-balance/. (
This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).