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Use the following template to cite a website using the APA citation format. There are also BibMe style guides for the MLA and Chicago styles.

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How to Cite a Website in APA

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Citing a general website article in APA with an author

Structure:

Author, A. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Website/Publisher Name. URL

Example:

Simmons, B. (2015, January 9). The tale of two Flaccos. Grantland. http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-tale-of-two-flaccos/

Citing a general website article in APA without an author

Structure:

Article title. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Website/Publisher Name. URL

Example:

Teen posed as doctor at West Palm Beach hospital: police. (2015, January 16). NBC Miami. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Teen-Posed-as-Doctor-at-West-Palm-Beach-Hospital-Police-288810831.html

Citing a general website article in APA without a date

Structure:

Author, A. (n.d.). Article title. Website/Publisher Name. URL

Example:

University of California Santa Barbara. (n.d.). About UC Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara. https://www.ucsb.edu/about

Note that if the webpage contents are likely to change, include a retrieval date, formatted as follows:

University of California Santa Barbara. (n.d.). About UC Santa Barbara. UC Santa Barbara. Retrieved November 3, 2021, from https://www.ucsb.edu/about


How to cite from social media in APA

APA citation example for Facebook

Structure:

Author/Page Name. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of post text [Status update]. Facebook. URL

Example:

Gates, B. (2020, December 1). 75 years after its founding, the United Nations’ work is as important as ever. In addition to working towards the [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/BillGates/posts/10157610753046961

APA citation example for Twitter

Structure:

Author name [@twitterhandle]. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of tweet text [Tweet]. Twitter. URL

Example:

 World Health Organization [@WHO]. (2021, January 27). Nutritious & safe food is 🔑 to achieve #HealthForAll. Together, let’s create food systems that are:🥗 Healthy♻️ Sustainable [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1354450281321345029

Note that if emojis are used in a tweet (or any type of social media post that you are citing), they should be included and counted as one word (but should not be italicized). Hashtags also count as one word.

APA citation example for Instagram

Structure:

Author name [@username]. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of post text [Photograph or Video]. Instagram. URL

Example:

National Geographic [@NatGeo]. (2021, January 26). Photo by @paulnicklen / I took this photo while waiting for leopard seals in Antarctica—my favorite assignment from 20 years [Photograph]. Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/CKg4XeSDHhG/

For more information on how to cite in APA, check out the APA style guide and Cornell.

Important Note:

For information on how to cite other types of online sources in APA, check out the following guides:

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How do I format an in-text citation for a webpage with no date in APA style?

When there is no date available for a webpage, use “n.d.” signifying “no date” in in-text citations, along with the author’s surname or the name of the institution.

Example in-text citation with author and no date:

(Ramsay, n.d.)

Example in-text citation with institution and no date:

(NIMH, n.d.)

How do I format an in-text citation for an Instagram post in APA style?

Per section 10 of the APA Publication Manual, the contributor’s name (either the individual or the organization who shared the Instagram post) along with the year should be used when citing an Instagram post in an in-text citation.

Templates:

Parenthetical: (Poster’s Last Name, year post was published)

Narrative: Poster’s Last Name (year post was published)

Examples:

Parenthetical: (Vedika, 2022)

Narrative: Vedika (2022)