About Citing Websites
When citing a website, take note of the author, title, the publisher, publication date, and the date you accessed the site.
For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and a specific example will be provided.
The following format will be used:
In-text Citation - entry that appears in the body of your paper.
References - entry that appears at the end of your paper
Tips for Citing Websites
1) When citing a website in the References list, provide as much of the following information:
- author’s name (if available)
- date of publication or upload date in parentheses (if available). When there is no date, use ‘(n.d.)’.
- title of page or document
- URL (there is no period after the URL)
2) When referencing in-text citations, use paragraph numbers abbreviated to “para.” when page numbers are not available.
3) Do not include retrieval dates unless references blogs or wikis where the material may change over time.
4) When the organization is the author include the entire name in place of author names.
5) When no author is available, begin the citation with the page title.
6) If you are citing an entire website in your paper, and not indicating a specific idea, fact or document, it is acceptable to simply include the URL of the website in parentheses within your writing. For example:
The MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia allows users to browse for topics and find information on a variety of health topics and medical procedures (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/encyclopedia.html).
However, if you are referring to a specific piece of information or directly quoting information on the website, you will need to create both a text and reference citation for that material.
The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases. However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.
The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.
Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.