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Citation Guide: How to cite WEBSITES

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.


  1. Provide the website name (without italics) in the source element.
  2. Include a period after the website name, followed by the URL.
  3. When the author of the work is the same as the website name, omit the site name from the source element to avoid repetition.
  4. When a URL is long or complex, you may use shortened URLs if desired. Make sure you check the link so that it goes to the desired location.
  5. Include a retrieval date because the contents of the page are designed to change over time and the page itself is not archived.

How to cite WEBSITES

APA Website Citation
Web sites do not include subscription databases

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented
  • Omit any information not found (author, organizational sponsor, date published or updated, etc.).

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Date of Publication or Update). Title of work. Site name. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL from Homepage


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

Group author:
United States Department of Education. (2009, October 22). U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan says colleges of education must improve for reforms to succeed.

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

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