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
Document from Website
When using a document (PDF) from a website, with or without an author.
Document from a Web site.
List as many of the following elements as are available: author’s name, publication date (or “n.d.” if there is no date), title (in italics), and URL. Give your retrieval date only if the content of the source is likely to change
A Document Created by an Individual or an Organization
In-text Citation Example
(International Federation of Library Associations, 2003)
When directly quoting the source:
(International Federation of Library Associations, 2003, para. 4)
Reference List Example
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions.
(2003, February 03). Library & information science: Citation
guides for electronic documents. Retrieved from
Note that the URL’s in the following examples link directly to a specific Web section or document, not the homepage of the Website.
With an author's name
Last Name, First Initial(s). (Year, Month Day). Title of document. Retrieved from URL
Seas, K. & Brizee, A. (2012, July 3). APA style workshop. Retrieved from
Without an author's name
Title of document. (Year, Month Day). Retrieved from URL
Guidelines for professional ethics. (1997, August 5). Retrieved
Without a date
Title of document. (n.d.). Retrieved from URL
Hinduism: Resources on faith, ethics, and public life. (n.d.). Retrieved from