Delta College Library - APA Style for Web Pages
Definitely, the APA rules are open to interpretation when it comes to citing websites, web pages, articles, and “documents” on a specific web page or website. The following examples represent examples from credible sources on how to cite web pages according to the 2009, 6th edition Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
The following excerpt from the APA’s website states that “Articles found on the web are not italicized in the reference entry and are not italicized but enclosed in quotations in the in-text citation, just like a newspaper or magazine article. Reports found on the web would be italicized in the reference list, as in Publication Manual (6th ed.) Examples 31, 32, and 33 on pp. 205–206. They would also be italicized in the in-text citation, just like a book.”
Examples of Articles on Websites
New child vaccine gets funding boost. (2001). Retrieved March 21, 2001, from
Example of In-Text Citation: ("New Child Vaccine," 2001).
Smith, F. Another possible vaccine solution. (n.d.). Retrieved February 20, 2011 from
Example of In-Text Citation: (Smith, n.d.).
Web Documents, Pages, and Reports
Angeli, E., Wagner, J., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Anderson, M., Soderland, L., & Brizee, A.
(2010, May 5). General format. Retrieved from http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Example of In-Text Citation: (Angeli et al., 2010).
Avery, A. (n.d.). Defining communication. Retrieved from http://communication.com/defining.html
Example of In-Text Citation: (Avery, n.d.).
What causes dementia? (2014). Retrieved from http://www.dementia.com/definition.html
Example of In-Text Citation: (What Causes, 2014, para. 2).
Give paragraph number if given. Put quotation marks around the title of an article or chapter, BUT italicize the title of a book, periodical, brochure, or report. This reference list example is a report. Notice that both words in the in-text example are capitalized.
The overall format for a Government Document is:
Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of document: Subtitle
(Report No. xxx [if available]). Retrieved from URL of specific document
National Institute of Health. (2009). Depression: The silent killer (NIH Publication
No. 08-3571). Retrieved from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/depression/
Example of the In-Text Citation: (National Institute of Health, 2009).
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute (2007). So you have asthma. (NIH Publication No. 07-5248).
Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/lung/asthma/have_asthma.pdf
Example of In-Text Citation: (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007, p. 48).
Online Newspaper Article on the Web, with an Author
Gillis, J. Global warming makes heat waves more likely, study finds. (2012, July 10).
New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/11/science/earth/
Example of In-Text Citation: (Gillis, 2012).
Online Newspaper Article (unknown author)
Knowledge management model guides KM process. (2011, May 5). EDGE Newsletter.
Retrieved from http://www.mitre.org/pubs/edge/april_00/small.htm
Example of In-Text Citation: (“Knowledge Management,” 2011).
Miller, R. (2009). It is all about books in print. Retrieved from http://www.ebscohost.com
Example of In-Text Citation: (Miller, 2009).
Timwell, T. (2010). Long live books. [Kindle DX version]. Retrieved from Amazon.com
Example of In-Text Citation: (Timwell, 2010).
Feminism. (n.d.) In Encyclopaedia Britannica online. Retrieved from http://www.britannica.com
Example of In-Text Citation: (Feminism, n.d.).
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