How to reference a webpage in APA format
A webpage is easy to find, but can be very difficult to reference due to information being difficult to find.
Referencing a website requires 5 pieces of identifying information.
Name of AUTHORS
YEAR of publication or
DATE the page was last UPDATED
TITLE of page or
DESCRIPTION of page.
DATE the page was VIEWED by you
URL of the website.
Following are two sample webpages.
The first is from a GOVERNMENT website.
As there is no individual author listed, the NAME of the DEPARTMENT is used as the GROUP AUTHOR.
Check the General Variations on p. 56 of the General Guide for full instructions on how to reference Group Authors.
Next, list the YEAR of publication in brackets, full stop.
TITLE of the webpage in full, and then full stop.
Title and subtitle should be separated by a colon.
The DATE of you VIEWING the page and the URL is next.
The format is to state RETRIEVED then the MONTH, DATE, comma, YEAR, comma
FROM and then the URL in full.
If the URL is very long and runs over one line, use SHIFT Enter to space the URL without breaking the link.
The second example is from a corporate website
As there is no individual author listed, the name of the company is used as the Group Author.
In this case there is no publication date.
The usual practice with a web page is to provide the date of last posting or revision.
If this is not available refer to the General Variations on p. 57 of the General Guide for instructions on how to reference no date.
If the webpage does not have a title, refer to p. 57 of the General Guide for instructions on how to reference No Title.
As per the previous example, the date viewed
and the site's URL is next.
Any reference that goes over one line must be indented.
A quick way to indent is to select all references and press CTRL T to automatically indent.