How to cite a webpage in APA

APA webpage citation

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:

  1. 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.
  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 the webpage: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Format: Describe any item found on the webpage.
  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 webpage in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the webpage. (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:

Examples

A webpage with an individual author and no date

Segal, M. (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

Earth Science Communications Team. (n.d.). Carbon Cycle Infographic [Image]. Retrieved from https://climate.nasa.gov/climate_resources/136/infographic-earths-carbon-cycle-is-off-balance/

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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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