How to Cite a Website in APA Style

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In Brief...

In-text citations are usually made up of the author's last name and the year of publication. Web pages sometimes have no authors listed, but they still need to be cited when used as a source in any document. Following are some tips for creating these in-text citations.

Instructions

  1. Use the first few words of the web article and the year of publication.
  2. The first few words are usually the title of the article. If the title is long, it can be abbreviated for the citation.
  3. Place quote marks around the title.
  4. Add the year of publication after a comma.
  5. Enclose the citation in parentheses.
  6. Include all the information in the reference list on the last page of the document.
  7. Citation Example: ("In-Text Citations: The Basics", 2016)
  8. How this source will appear in the Reference list:

    "In-Text Citations: The Basics". (2016). Retrieved from Purdue Owl Online Writing Lab: https://owl.english.purdue.owl/resource/560/02/

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Author: Janie Sullivan

Janie Sullivan, MBA, MAEd, has been teaching adult learners for over 20 years. She has taught online over 15 years, specializing in writing, communications, and small business applications. Janie directs the Center for Writing Excellence where she offers writing, editing, and formatting services for writers. She has been published in several newspapers and magazines as well as multiple online sites. She teaches communication, business strategy, leadership, and management courses. Janie has published a book "Develop and Deliver an Online Class." This is the third book she has written about writing and teaching online. She also has published a novel and an anthology of short stories.

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