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How to Cite a Website in APA

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Use the following template to cite a website using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA and Chicago styles. To have your bibliography or works cited list automatically made for you, check out our free APA citation generator.

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Important Note:

APA does not explicitly provide a format for citing websites. Instead, there are guides for how to cite various sources in online formats:

Citing a general website article in APA with an author

Structure:

   Author, A. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Retrieved from URL

Example:

   Simmons, B. (2015, January 9). The tale of two Flaccos. Retrieved from 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). Retrieved from URL

Example:

   Teen posed as doctor at West Palm Beach hospital: police. (2015, January 16). Retrieved from 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. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL

Example:

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

How to cite from social media in APA

APA citation example for Facebook

Structure:

   Author name. (Year, Month Date). Status update text [Facebook update]. Retrieved from URL

Example:

  Bill Gates. (2020, December 1). 75 years after its founding, the United Nations’ work is as important as ever. In addition to working towards the Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change, the UN continues to inspire us to act for peace and justice for everyone. https://www.facebook.com/PlayingForChangeFoundation. [Facebook update] Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/BillGates/posts/10157610753046961

APA citation example for Twitter

Structure:

  Author name. (Year, Month Date). Tweet text [Tweet]. Retrieved from URL

Example:

  @WHO. (2021, January 27). Nutritious & safe food is 🔑 to achieve #HealthForAll. Together, let’s create food systems that are:🥗 Healthy♻️ Sustainable👫 Equitable. Join WHO & partners to develop solutions that transform @FoodSystems to deliver sustainable healthy diets for all http://bit.ly/3aerWum. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/WHO/status/1354450281321345029

APA citation example for Instagram

Structure:

  Author name [@username]. (Year, Month Date). [Photo description]. Retrieved from 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 of shooting for the big yellow magazine. Retrieved from https://www.instagram.com/p/CKg4XeSDHhG/

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

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