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APA (7th Edition) Style Guide: Websites

APA (7th Edition) Style Guide

References Directory

Websites Standard Format

Webpages or Websites
Who When What Website Name URL

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

Name of Group.



(year, Month).

(year, Month date).



Title of work.

Site Name.


Retrieved Month day, year, from https://xxxx...


American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).

Website Formatting Rules

  • Use when there is no other reference category that fits the source type and the work has no overarching publication (e.g., journal, blog, conference proceedings, etc.) other than the website itself
  • If you refer to a website in general in your text, do not create a reference or in-text citation, instead, refer to the websites named in the text followed by the URL in parentheses
  • Provide the most specific date possible
  • When the site name is the designated author, omit including the site name from the reference
  • Include a retrieval date when content is designed to change and the page is not archived

Website Examples

Webpage on a website with a group author

Library of Congress.  (n.d.).  Today in history- February 14.  Retrieved from

Webpage on a news website

(See Articles for articles in online magazines or newspapers)

Chappell, B.  (2020, January 15).  Virginia ratifies the Equal Rights

Amendment, decades after the deadline.  NPR.

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 January 15, 2020, from

Multiple pages from the same website, the organization as author

American Psychological Association.  (2019a).  Careers in


American Psychological Association.  (2019b).  Psychology topics. 

Retrieved from

American Psychological Association.  (2019c). About