How to Cite a Website in Text in APA

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  • user warning: Table './tipsformom_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Doing in-text citations for a website in <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Write-an-APA-Style-Paper\" title=\"Write an APA Style Paper\">APA style</a> for an academic paper or essay can be confusing, especially if you are not sure how much information you are required to include. There are different requirements for a website where you know the date the content was published and the name of the author, and for a website where you do not have this information. Creating a citation for a website, even if you don\'t know the author or you don\'t have the date, can be done in just a few short steps.\n</p>\n<h2><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=1\" title=\"Edit section: Steps\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Steps\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Steps\">Steps</span></h2>\n<h3><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=2\" title=\"Edit section: Citing a Website with the Date and Author\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Citing a Website with the Date and Author\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Citing_a_Website_with_the_Date_and_Author\">Citing a Website with the Date and Author</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Use parentheses at the end of the phrase you are citing. Always start the in-text citation with parentheses after the phrase you are quoting. The in-text citation should appear at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.<sup id=\"_ref-1\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 1\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-1\">[1]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-1.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 1.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/5/52/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-1.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-1.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Healey, 2001).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Note the author’s full last name. Look for the last name of the author of the website you are citing. The author’s name may be listed on the top or bottom of the website or on the article you are citing on the website. List the author’s full last name first in your in-text citation.<sup id=\"_ref-2\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 2\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-2\">[2]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-2.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 2.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/e/ef/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-2.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-2.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson)” or “The abstract painting was sold to an anonymous buyer (Marshall).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Include the date the website content was published. Check the top or bottom header on the website for a publishing date or the date the website was recently updated. Some academic articles on websites will list the date published under the author’s name. Put a comma between the author’s name and the date in the citation.<sup id=\"_ref-3\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 3\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-3\">[3]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-3.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 3.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/f/fe/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-3.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-3.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson, 2002)” or “The abstract painting was sold to an anonymous buyer (Marshall, 2017).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>End with a period outside the parentheses. This will ensure the sentence ends properly and the in-text citation is complete.<sup id=\"_ref-4\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 4\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-4\">[4]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-4.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 4.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/2/26/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-4.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-4.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson, 2002).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=3\" title=\"Edit section: Citing a Website with No Author\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Citing a Website with No Author\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Citing_a_Website_with_No_Author\">Citing a Website with No Author</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Place parentheses at the end of the cited phrase. Start the citation in text by including parentheses at the end of the phrase you are citing. This will let your reader know you are citing the sentence or phrase. Make sure the in-text citation appears at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.<sup id=\"_ref-5\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 5\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-5\">[5]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-5.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 5.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/0/0b/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-5.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-5.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write: “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Frank, 1999).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Include the title of the website. If there is no author listed for the website, use the title of the website instead. If you are citing an article on the website, use the title of the article.<sup id=\"_ref-6\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 6\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-6\">[6]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-6.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 6.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/6/67/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-6.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-6.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology)” or “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Note the date the website content was published. Look for the date at the top or bottom of the website. It may appear as a copyright date or the date the website was updated. In some cases, the date published will be listed under the title of the article. Put a comma between the title and the date.<sup id=\"_ref-7\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 7\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-7\">[7]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-7.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 7.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/5/50/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-7.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-7.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology, 2016)” or “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying, 2015).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Put a period outside the parentheses. Wrap up the sentence with a period.<sup id=\"_ref-8\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 8\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-8\">[8]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-8.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 8.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/3/3f/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-8.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-8.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology, 2016).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h3><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=4\" title=\"Edit section: Citing a Website with No Date\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Citing a Website with No Date\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Citing_a_Website_with_No_Date\">Citing a Website with No Date</span></h3>\n<ol>\n<li>Put parentheses at the end of the cited phrase. Start with parentheses right after the quoted phrase in the sentence. Check that the in-text citation appears at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.<sup id=\"_ref-9\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 9\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-9\">[9]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-9.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 9.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/7/73/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-9.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-9.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Rona, 2008).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Include the title or author of the website. List the author’s full last name, if available, or the title of the website you accessed. If you accessed an article on the website, use the title of the article.<sup id=\"_ref-10\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 10\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-10\">[10]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-10.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 10.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/5/5a/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-10.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-10.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Dionne)” or “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Use an abbreviation for \"no date.\" The abbreviation “n.d.” should be placed after the title or author of the website to let readers know you do not have a date for this reference. Put a comma between the title or author and “n.d.”<sup id=\"_ref-11\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 11\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-11\">[11]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-11.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 11.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/6/63/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-11.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-11.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Dionne, n.d.).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n<li>Wrap up the citation with a period outside of the parentheses. The period will help to close the sentence.<sup id=\"_ref-12\" class=\"reference\" aria-label=\"Link to Reference 12\"><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"#_note-12\">[12]</a></sup><br />\n<div class=\'mwimg largeimage floatcenter \' style=\'max-width:728px\'><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/Image:Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-12.jpg\" class=\"image\"><img alt=\"Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 12.jpg\" src=\"https://www.wikihow.com/images/thumb/8/82/Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-12.jpg/aid9476903-v4-728px-Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA-Step-12.jpg\" width=\"728\" height=\"546\" class=\"whcdn\" /></a></div>\n<ul>\n<li>For example, you may write, “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying, n.d.).”\n</li>\n</ul>\n</li>\n</ol>\n<h2><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=5\" title=\"Edit section: Tips\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Tips\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Tips\">Tips</span></h2>\n<ul>\n<li>Once you have cited the website in-text, make sure you also include a complete citation for the reference in the <a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/List-References\" title=\"List References\">reference list</a> at the end of your essay or paper.\n</li>\n</ul>\n<h2><a target=\"_blank\" href=\"https://www.wikihow.com/index.php?title=Cite-a-Website-in-Text-in-APA&amp;action=edit&amp;section=6\" title=\"Edit section: Sources and Citations\" class=\"editsection\" onclick=\"gatTrack(gatUser,\\\'Edit\\\',\\\'Edit_section\\\');\" tabindex=\"-1\" aria-label=\"Link to edit section Sources and Citations\">Edit</a><span class=\"mw-headline\" id=\"Sources_and_Citations\">Sources and Citations</span></h2>\n<p><strong class=\"error\">Cite error: <code><ref></ref></code> tags exist, but no <code><references/></references/></code> tag was found\n</strong></p>\n<p>\n\n</p>\n', created = 1537917702, expire = 1538004102, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:7c0aa92a2b5214fe874263bad0ba27e3' in /var/www/vhosts/tipsformom.com/httpdocs/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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Doing in-text citations for a website in APA style for an academic paper or essay can be confusing, especially if you are not sure how much information you are required to include. There are different requirements for a website where you know the date the content was published and the name of the author, and for a website where you do not have this information. Creating a citation for a website, even if you don't know the author or you don't have the date, can be done in just a few short steps.

EditSteps

EditCiting a Website with the Date and Author

  1. Use parentheses at the end of the phrase you are citing. Always start the in-text citation with parentheses after the phrase you are quoting. The in-text citation should appear at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.[1]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 1.jpg
    • For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Healey, 2001).”
  2. Note the author’s full last name. Look for the last name of the author of the website you are citing. The author’s name may be listed on the top or bottom of the website or on the article you are citing on the website. List the author’s full last name first in your in-text citation.[2]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 2.jpg
    • For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson)” or “The abstract painting was sold to an anonymous buyer (Marshall).”
  3. Include the date the website content was published. Check the top or bottom header on the website for a publishing date or the date the website was recently updated. Some academic articles on websites will list the date published under the author’s name. Put a comma between the author’s name and the date in the citation.[3]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 3.jpg
    • For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson, 2002)” or “The abstract painting was sold to an anonymous buyer (Marshall, 2017).”
  4. End with a period outside the parentheses. This will ensure the sentence ends properly and the in-text citation is complete.[4]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 4.jpg
    • For example, you may write: “Mortality rates are increasing for infants in the United States (Johnson, 2002).”

EditCiting a Website with No Author

  1. Place parentheses at the end of the cited phrase. Start the citation in text by including parentheses at the end of the phrase you are citing. This will let your reader know you are citing the sentence or phrase. Make sure the in-text citation appears at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.[5]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 5.jpg
    • For example, you may write: “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Frank, 1999).”
  2. Include the title of the website. If there is no author listed for the website, use the title of the website instead. If you are citing an article on the website, use the title of the article.[6]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 6.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology)” or “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying).”
  3. Note the date the website content was published. Look for the date at the top or bottom of the website. It may appear as a copyright date or the date the website was updated. In some cases, the date published will be listed under the title of the article. Put a comma between the title and the date.[7]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 7.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology, 2016)” or “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying, 2015).”
  4. Put a period outside the parentheses. Wrap up the sentence with a period.[8]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 8.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology, 2016).”

EditCiting a Website with No Date

  1. Put parentheses at the end of the cited phrase. Start with parentheses right after the quoted phrase in the sentence. Check that the in-text citation appears at the end of a sentence to adhere to APA style guidelines.[9]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 9.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Rona, 2008).”
  2. Include the title or author of the website. List the author’s full last name, if available, or the title of the website you accessed. If you accessed an article on the website, use the title of the article.[10]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 10.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Dionne)” or “The human brain is still much of a mystery to scientists (Neurology).”
  3. Use an abbreviation for "no date." The abbreviation “n.d.” should be placed after the title or author of the website to let readers know you do not have a date for this reference. Put a comma between the title or author and “n.d.”[11]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 11.jpg
    • For example, you may write, Women’s reproductive rights are under attack in the United States (Dionne, n.d.).”
  4. Wrap up the citation with a period outside of the parentheses. The period will help to close the sentence.[12]
    Cite a Website in Text in APA Step 12.jpg
    • For example, you may write, “Schools can help to prevent bullying by providing counseling and safe spaces for students (Preventing bullying, n.d.).”

EditTips

  • Once you have cited the website in-text, make sure you also include a complete citation for the reference in the reference list at the end of your essay or paper.

EditSources and Citations

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