APA Website Citation
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- How to cite a website in APA
- How to cite social media in APA
How to Cite a Website in APA
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Citing a general website article in APA with an author
Author, A. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Website/Publisher Name. URL
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
Article title. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Website/Publisher Name. URL
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
Author, A. (n.d.). Article title. Website/Publisher Name. URL
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
Author/Page Name. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of post text [Status update]. Facebook. URL
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
Author name [@twitterhandle]. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of tweet text [Tweet]. Twitter. URL
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
Author name [@username]. (Year, Month Date). First 20 words of post text [Photograph or Video]. Instagram. URL
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 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” and use the name of the author or institution depending on the source.
Example In-Text Citation with Author and No Date:
Research has found a strong correlation between heavy usage of visual social media and presence of depression in teens (Ramsay, n.d.)
Example In-Text Citation with Institution and No Date:
According to research, one in five people would have been subject to some sort of mental illness in their lifetime (NIMH, n.d.).