Citing a Website in APA
Step 1: Formatting the author's name
- The author's name should be written in reversed order. The last name should be first place followed by a comma and then add the initials of the first name only, follow it with a period.
Example: Howard, F.
- In adding the middle initials of the author, place it after the period of the first name, separate it with a comma and end it with a point. If the author's name have suffixes such as Jr./Sr. or roman numerals, place it after the period of the initials of the first name and separate it with a comma.
- If the source is written by multiple authors, cite the author's name one after the other using the format in author names and separate it with commas. If the source has more than six authors, state all of the authors until the sixth and replace all succeeding authors with "et al."
Example: Howard, F., Lee, R., Lincoln, A., Adams, J., Johnson, E., Ronald, T., et al.
- If the author of the website is an organization, use it in place of the normal name. if there is no author available, begin the citation with the page title.
Step 2: Placing the year your source was published
- When citing the year the source was published, place the year only and enclosed it with a parenthesis. Place the year, month and day after the name of the author and end it with a period outside the closing parenthesis.
Example: Howard, F. (2009, June 1).
- If the date of publication is not available, place the abbreviation "n.d" after the name of the author, organization or the page title.
Step 3: Place the title of the source
- In citing the title of the article where you have taken your citation. Write the complete title of the source you are citing and it should not be italicized. Capitalize the first letter of the title and the first letter of the subtitle if there are any. Observe capitalization rules on proper names and such. End it with a period.
Example: Howard, F. (2009, June 1). Economic recessions.
Step 4: Add the name of the website where the citation is taken
- Add the name of the website after the period of the title of the article and separate it with a comma. Remember to italicize the name of the website. Afterwards add the word "retrieved" after the website, followed by a colon and then the date when the article was accessed. The format is month, day, year then followed by a colon.
- Then place the word "from" then place the exact URL where you have taken the citation. Copy the URL on the address bar of your web browser and paste it after the date of access. End the citation with a period.
Example: Howard, F. (2009, June 1). War is over. www.bbc.com, retrieved: June 4, 2012: from paste exact URL