How to Cite a Website with No Author in APA

Citing a website with no author can be tricky, but it’s important to create accurate citations to give credit to the sources you’re using. This blog post will show you how to cite a website with no author in APA style.

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Introduction

In-text citations for websites with no author vary depending on the content and whether the website has a designated title.

APA format for websites with no author
When a website has no designated author, you can often find the name of the organization that oversees the website in the footer or about page. If there is no way to determine the name of the organization, use the title of the webpage in place of the author’s name. In your Reference List, include both the organization name and page title. See examples below.

Citing a website with no author and an assigned digital object identifier (DOI)
When citing a website that has a DOI but no author, use the DOI instead of an author’s name. The DOI is usually found in PDFs or other scientific articles on databases such as PubMed. If there is no DOI, list the URL instead. In your Reference List, only include a DOI if it is available; otherwise list only a URL.

What is APA?

APA is the American Psychological Association’s style guide for writing in the social sciences. APA style includes guidelines for citing sources in academic writing. When you are writing a paper in APA style, you will need to cite your sources using in-text citations and list them on a reference page at the end of your paper.

If you are citing a website with no author, start with the title of the website. If the title is long, use a shortened version for your in-text citation. For the reference page, include the full title of the website, followed by the date you accessed it and the URL.

How to cite a website with no author in APA

In APA style, a resource with no author is cited as follows:

Title of webpage. (Year, Month Date published). Retrieved from URL

Here is an example of how to cite a webpage with no author in APA style:

Angry Birds. (2012). Retrieved from http://www.angrybirds.com

Examples of citing a website with no author in APA

APA website citations usually include the author, the publication date, and the URL. However, if a website does not have an author, the title of the page or article comes first, followed by the publication date and URL.

Here are some examples of how to cite a website with no author in APA:

Title of webpage or article [Format]. (Publication Date). Retrieved from URL

Reference list:
“Caffeine.” [Format]. (Publication Date). Retrieved from URL

Tips for citing a website with no author in APA

If you’re citing a website in APA Format, chances are there’s no author listed. You can still follow the standard format for citing websites in APA, you just won’t include an author’s name. Here are some tips for how to do that:

1. Include the title of the website, along with any relevant version numbers, in italics.
2. Include the date you accessed the website.
3. Include the full URL of the website, without any ellipses or other marks indicating that anything has been omitted.
4. If there is no date listed on the website, include the date you accessed it in parentheses after the URL.

Conclusion

If a website has no author, use the title of the page in quotation marks as the author. If the title is long, you can abbreviate it. For example, you might use ” corporate author” or “title of page” as the author.

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