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APA Style Guide

Website/Webpage Guidelines

Helpful tips

  • The author may be a group or agency rather than an individual.
  • If you cannot find an author, substitute the title of the page for the author.
  • Provide the most specific date possible for the content you are citing. If no date is available for the webpage you are using, use the abbreviation (n.d.).
  • Create a reference for each  webpage from a website you use.
  • Omit "Retrieved from" before the URL unless the content is designed to change over time and the page is not archived. Then the retrieval date appears before the URL (example below).

Webpage with group author


Group Author of the Webpage. (Date of webpage update). Title of the webpage italicized. URL

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


Webpage with no author or date

Use the following format to cite a webpage when you cannot locate an author and/or date the webpage was posted.


Title of the webpage italicized. (n.d.). URL

Understanding information overload. (n.d.).


Webpage on a website with an individual author


Author, A.A. (date). Title. Website. URL

Zelman, K.M. (2005).  4 steps to a healthy life style. WebMD.

Webpage with a retrieval date

Include a retrieval date only when the content is designed to change over time and the page is not archived.


Author. (Date). Webpage title with only important words capitalized. Website. Retrieved Month day, year, from URL

U.S. Census Bureau. (n.d.). U.S. and World Population Clock. U.S. Department of Commerce. Retrieved July 3, 2019, from