How to Cite a Website in APA in Text

How to Cite a Website in APA. In-text citations are required when you use a quote or paraphrase from a source.

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Introduction

In-text citations are required when you use someone else’s ideas, theories, or research in your paper. They should be included whenever you quote or paraphrase a source. To cite a website in APA in text, you’ll just need to include the author’s last name and the date of publication. Here’s an example:

According to Smith (2020), “APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences” (p. 1).

If the author’s name is not known, you can replace it with the name of the website instead:

According to “APA Style,” “APA style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences” (n.d., p. 1).

What is APA?

APA (American Psychological Association) is a style of writing used in social sciences and nursing. It dictates how you should format your paper, including how you should cite sources. In APA, when you cite a website in text, you include the author’s last name and the date of publication.

How to cite a website in APA

There are a few different ways you can cite a website in APA format in your text.

If you want to cite the website itself, you can just include the URL in the text of your paper:

According to the website XYZ (https://www.xyz.com), ABC is true.

If you want to cite a specific piece of information or content on the website, you can include a specific page or article title within quotation marks after the URL:

According to the website XYZ (“ABC Article”), ABC is true.

How to format in-text citations

When citing a website in APA in text, you will want to include the author’s last name and the date of publication. For example: (Smith, 2019). If there is no author listed, you can use the website title in its place.

How to format reference list entries

When you are writing a paper in the American Psychological Association (APA) style, you may need to cite a website. The basic format for an in-text citation is (Author, date). Here is an example of how you would cite a website in text in APA format:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020), “about 1 in 59 children has been identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD)” (para. 1).

If there is no author, use the title of the page or the website name. If there is no date, use “n.d.” For example:

This website provides an overview of APA format (APA, n.d.).

Tips for citing websites

When citing a website in text, include the name of the author (if available), the date of publication, and the URL.

If you’re citing a specific page or article from a website, include the title of the page or article after the date.

Here are some examples:

(Author Lastname, year)
(Author Lastname, year, page or article title)

Examples of in-text citations

To cite a website in text in APA, include the author’s last name and the date of publication. For example: (Smith, 2019).

Examples of reference list entries

In-text citation: (Author, date) OR (Website, date)

Reference list:
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

Website, A. A., & Website, B. B. (Date of publication). Title of article. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

FAQs

What is the basic format for citing a website in APA style?

The general format for citing a website in APA style is as follows:

Author, A. (Date). Title of work. Retrieved from URL

Some common examples of how to cite websites in APA are provided below. For more specific guidance, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) or the APA Style Guide to Electronic References (6th edition).

How do I cite a website with no author?
If no author is given for a web page, use the title of the page in quotation marks for the in-text citation. For example: (“APA Formatting and Style Guide,” n.d.) would be placed in your paper after a direct quotation or paraphrase from this webpage. The entry in your reference list would look like this:

APA Formatting and Style Guide. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

How do I cite an entire website? If you want to cite an entire website, you can include the URL at the end of your citation as follows: Retrieved from https://www.example-website-name.com/. Note that this approach is only recommended if there is no other way to identify or locate the specific content you are referencing on that website (e.g., no author or date).

Resources

When you are writing a paper in APA style, you may need to cite a website. Here is how to do that in text:

If you are quoting directly from the website, include the author, date, and page number (if available) in parentheses after the quote.

If you are paraphrasing information from the website, include the author and date in parentheses after the paraphrased information.

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