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APA Citations (7th ed.): Webpages & Websites

This guide will help you learn how to properly cite sources in APA style and how to avoid plagiarism.

Webpages & Websites

Use the webpages and websites category if there is no other reference category that fits and the work has no parent or overarching publication (e.g., journal, blog, conference proceedings).

If you cite multiple webpages from a website, create a reference entry for each.

To mention a website in general, do not create a reference entry or an in-text citation. Instead, use the name of the website in the text and provide the URL in parentheses.

Webpages & Websites Template

Webpage on a News Website

  • Use this format for articles published in online news sources (e.g., BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, HuffPost, MSNBC, Reuters).

Barnes, B. (2019, November 18). The streaming era has finally arrived. Everything is about to change. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/18/business/media/streaming-hollywood-revolution.html

Forrest, B. (2019, November 19). Watchdog cites shortcomings in FBI's confidential source program. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/watchdog-cites-shortcomings-in-fbis-confidential-source-program-11574191523


Parenthetical citations: (Barnes, 2019; Forrest, 2019)

Narrative citations: Barnes (2019) and Forrest (2019)

Webpage on a Website With a Group Author

  • When the author and site name are the same, omit the site name from the source element.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, March 7). Cigarette smoking and tobacco use among people of low socioeconomic status. https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/disparities/low-ses/index.htm

World Health Organization. (2019, October 31). New WHO report to bolster efforts to tackle leading causes of urban deaths. https://www.who.int/news-room/feature-stories/detail/new-who-report-to-bolster-efforts-to-tackle-leading-causes-of-urban-deaths


Parenthetical citations: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2019; World Health Organization, 2019)

Narrative citations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2019) and World Health Organization (2019)

Webpage on a Website With an Individual Author

Peterson, S. M. (2017, October 27). Why aromatherapy is showing up in hospital surgical units. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/why-aromatherapy-is-showing-up-in-hospital-surgical-units/art-20342126


Parenthetical citation: (Peterson, 2017)

Narrative citation: Peterson (2017)

Webpage on a Website With No Date

  • When the author and site name are the same, omit the site name from the source element.

American Medical Association. (n.d.). Code of Medical Ethics overview. https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/ethics/code-medical-ethics-overview

Startup Sioux City. (n.d.). Entrepreneurial Resources. http://startupsiouxcity.com/resources/


Parenthetical citations: (American Medical Association, n.d.; Startup Sioux City, n.d.)

Narrative citations: American Medical Association (n.d.) and Startup Sioux City (n.d.)

Webpage on a Website With a Retrieval Date

  • When the author and site name are the same, omit the site name from the source element.
  • Include a retrieval date because the contents of the page are designed to change over time and the page itself is not archived.
  • See p. 352 of the manual for more information.

U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). U.S. and world population clock. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from https://www.census.gov/popclock


Parenthetical citation: (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d.)

Narrative citation: U.S. Census Bureau (n.d.)