Q. How do I cite a website in APA style?


If you consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, you will not find a section on citing "a website." 

Look carefully at the item you want to cite.  Many of the documents that you find on the web are more than just "a website."  If it is an article in an online journal, then it should be treated as a journal article.  If it is an electronic book, the same principle applies.

Other possibilities are blog posts, online videos, electronic mailing list (listserv) posts, technical reports, and raw data sets.  In all of these cases, the Publication Manual offers specific guidelines.  If none of these categories seems to fit, a fallback solution would be to use the format for an "informally published or self-archived work," for instance:

Hand, B.  (n.d.).  All about artificial sweeteners: The lowdown on zero-calorie sugar substitutes.  Retrieved from http://www.sparkpeople.com

For general principles to use when citing unusual sources, see this post from the APA Style Blog.

For more on citation styles, see our Citation guide.


  • Last Updated Oct 04, 2018
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  • Answered By Ron Gilmour

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