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Webpage – APA Reference List

According to APA Style, if a webpage is part of a greater website do not italicize the title.

If the source stands alone (e.g. a report) it is italicized.

Unfortunately it is not always clear to which group a webpage belong to. However the APA blog recommends that if in doubt to not italicize.

How to Capitalize and Format Reference Titles in APA Style

General Tips

  • Use when citing a non-periodical web article from a website. Check that your document does not fall under any of the other categories. A non-periodical manuscript, like a technical or research report, would be Report; a Wikipedia article would be Online Encyclopedia.
  • When citing an entire website, it is sufficient to give the address of the site in just the text of your paper. You do not need to include it in your bibliography.
  • When there is no author for a web page, the title moves to the beginning of the reference entry
  • Capitalization: The Webpage title is in sentence case.
  • When an Internet document is more than one Web page, provide a URL that links to the home page or entry page for the document.
  • When citing sources that you find on the Internet you only need to include a retrieval date if the information you viewed is likely to change over time. If you reference an article from Wikipedia, for example, you would want to include a retrieval date because information in a wiki can be subject to a lot of change.

Format:

Author, A. A. (Date published). Title of webpage. Retrieved from http://www.url.com

Examples:

  • Pope Benedict tells cheering crowd: I am not abandoning the church - World News. (2013, February 27). Retrieved from http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/27/17113318-pope-benedict-tells-cheering-crowd-i-am-not-abandoning-the-church?lite
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (2009, July 24). Smoking cessation products to help you quit. Retrieved from http://www.fda.gov/hearthealth/riskfactors/riskfactors.html
  • Kubota, K. (2007). "Soaking" model for learning: Analyzing Japanese learning/teaching process from a socio-historical perspective. Retrieved from ERIC database. (ED498566)


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