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APA Format Style Guide: Websites

This guide will assist you in writing research papers using the American Psychological Association (APA) Style. It will help explain formatting your paper as well as proper citation for various resources.

Basic Citation

Author Date Title Source - Website Name Source - URL

Author, A.A, & Author, B.B.

Name of Group.


(2020, August).

(2020, September 28).


Title of work. Site Name.


Retrieved December 22, 2020, from https://xxxx


Websites and Webpages

Remember to indent the second and following lines of your reference list entries!

Webpage on a News Website

Avramova, N. (2019, January 3). The secret to a long, happy, healthy life? Think age-positive. CNN.

Bologna, C. (2018, June 27). What happens to your mind and body when you feel homesick? HuffPost.

  • Parenthetical Citaitons: (Avramova, 2019); (Bologna, 2018)
  • Narrative Citations: Avramova (2019); Bologna (2018)

Webpage on a Website with a Group Author

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, January 23). People at high risk of developing flu-related complications.

World Health Organization. (2018, March). Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety.

  • Parenthetical Citations: (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2018); (World Health Organization, 2018)
  • Narrative Citations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018); World Health Organization (2018) 

Webpage on a Website with an Individual Author

Martin Lillie,C.M. (2016, December 29). Be kind to yourself: How self-compassion can improve your resiliency. Mayo Clinic.

  • Parenthetical Citations: (Martin Lillie, 2016)
  • Narrative Citations: Martin Lillie (2016)

Webpage on a Website with No Date

Boddy, J., Neumann, T., Jennings, S., Morrow, V., Alderson, P., Rees, R., & Gibson, W. (n.d.). Ethics principles. The Research Ethics Guidebook: A Resource for Social Scientists.

National Nurses United. (n.d.). What employers should do to protect nurses from Zika.

  • Parenthetical Citations: (Boddy et al., n.d.); (National Nurses United, n.d.)
  • Narrative Citations: Boddy et al. (n.d.); National Nurses United (n.d.)

Webpage on a Website with a Retrieval Date

U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). U.S. and world population clock. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from

  • Parenthetical Citations: (U.S. Census Bureau, n.d.)
  • Narrative Citations: U.S. Census Bureau (n.d.)


  • Capitalize only the first word in the document title and any proper nouns.  If there is a colon in the title (a subtitle), capitalize only the first word after the colon and any proper nouns.
  • Alphabetize your reference list by the first word of the citation, usually the author's last name.  If there is no author, alphabetize by the first main word in the title, ignoring "a," "an," or "the."
  • Double space all of the citations on your reference list.
  • Indent the second and following lines of the citation 5 to 7 spaces.