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APA Style Guide

Webpage

Pages on websites are cited similar to articles; however, there are a few main differences:

  • If there is no specified author, put the name of the company in the author position instead of the source spot.
  • It is not necessary to cite a website's homepage in your reference list. If you want to refer to an entire website, you can include the URL in the text of your paper as an in-text citation. 
  • The title of the page is italicized, not the name of the source. This is because pages on online news websites are cited as webpages, whereas newspaper, magazine, and blog articles are cited as articles. The distinction between the two is vague; APA says that the following are examples of news websites: BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, Huffpost, MSNBC, Reuters, Salon, Vox.

Basic Webpage:

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of page. Source. URL

Basic Examples:

Cerini, M. (2020, February 6). Billie Eilish upends fashion convention with singular, striking style. CNN.com. https://www.cnn.com/style/article/billie-eilish-fashion/index.html

United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2019, December 20). What is acid rain? https://www.epa.gov/acidrain/what-acid-rain

Example No Date:
Include retrieved date if there is no published date and webpage is subject to frequent change. 

California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. (n.d.). Find a sales and use tax rate. Retrieved February 11, 2020 from https://gis.cdtfa.ca.gov/public/maps/taxrates/default.aspx

Zero to Three. (n.d.). Professional Development and Workforce Innovations. Retrieved January 16, 2020 from https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/services/professional-development-and-workforce-innovations

Facebook

In title place, use up to twenty words of the content of the post. Note any images, links, polls, videos, etc. in brackets after content. If there are emojis that cannot be replicated, provide the name of the emoji in square brackets; a full list of emoji names can be found at http://unicode.org/emoji/charts/index.html. 


Basic Facebook Post:

Author, A. A. (Date of post). Title or content of post [Image, link, etc. attached] Facebook. URL. 

Example Facebook Posts:

Sacramento State - University Library. (2020, January 21). Welcome back Hornets! We've spruced up the front entrance for Spring [Image attached]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/SacramentoStateUniversityLibrary/photos/a.701184556617495/2739553272780603/?type=3&theater

Dalai Lama. (2020, January 17). His Holiness the Dalai Lama's pilgrimage to the Mahabodhi Temple (site of the Buddha's enlightenment) on the final day of [Video]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/DalaiLama/videos/767609573748472/

Twitter

In title place, use up to twenty words of the content of the tweet. Note any images, links, polls, videos, etc. in brackets after content. If there are emojis that cannot be replicated, provide the name of the emoji in square brackets; a full list of emoji names can be found at http://unicode.org/emoji/charts/index.html. 


Basic Tweet:

Author, A. A. [@username]. (Date of post). Content of post [Image, link, etc. attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. URL. 

Example Tweets:

Obama, B. [@BarackObama]. (2020, January 17). In every scene, you are my star, @MichelleObama! Happy birthday, baby! [Image attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/1218174463046553600

TSA [@TSA]. (2020, January 21). Andy Kim works with TSA's Strategic Communications & Public Affairs managing TSA.gov. His job also allows him time to #volunteer [Image attached] [Tweet]. https://twitter.com/TSA/status/1219684836505317376

Chickenfoot [@chickenfoot]. (2020, January 8). [Chicken emoji, rock-on emoji, guitar emoji] repost from instagram: @joe_fit_guitarist [image attached] [Tweet]. Twitter https://twitter.com/chickenfoot/status/1215040527424356352

Instagram

In title place, use up to twenty words of the content of the post. Note any images, links, polls, videos, etc. in brackets after content. If there are emojis that cannot be replicated, provide the name of the emoji in square brackets; a full list of emoji names can be found at http://unicode.org/emoji/charts/index.html. 


Basic Instagram Post:

Author, A. A. [@username]. (Date of post). Content of post [Image, link, etc. attached]. Instagram. URL. 

Example Instagram Posts:

National Geographic [@natgeo]. (2020, January 21). This was taken on my first visit to Istanbul. Standing by the Galata Bridge, the gorgeous sunsets of the city [Photograph]. Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/B7ktn-7AdCV/

Dickinson, J. C. [@JamesCharles]. (2020, January 15). Rise & shine [sun emoji]. [Photographs]. Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/B6rKZbspBo4/

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2021 2:36 PM