How to In-Text Cite a Website in APA Format

Citing a website in APA format is incredibly simple--just include the author’s name, the date of publication, the website title, and the URL.

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What is in-text citation?

In-text citations are a necessary part of any APA format paper. They indicate where you found any and all outside sources that you used in your paper. Any time you quote, paraphrase, or summarize information from an outside source, you must provide an in-text citation. These citations include the author’s last name and the year the source was published. For websites, this information is usually found in the footer of the website. In-text citations must be included immediately after the quote, paraphrase, or summary.

Why is it important to in-text cite websites?

It is important to in-text cite websites in APA format because doing so shows that you are familiar with the appropriate research and writing conventions, and that you have read and understood the source material. It also allows you to avoid plagiarism.

How to in-text cite a website in APA format?

If you are writing a paper in the American Psychological Association (APA) style, you may need to include an in-text citation for a website. An APA in-text citation includes the author’s last name and the year of publication. For instance, if you were citing this webpage:

https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/in_text_citations_the_basics.html

The in-text citation would be written like this: (APA, n.d.). If you know the author’s name, you would write it like this instead: (Smith, 2019).

What information do I need to in-text cite a website?

When citing a website in APA format, you will need the following pieces of information:
-The author’s name (if available)
-The date the website was published (if available)
-The title of the webpage being cited (in quotes)
-The URL of the webpage being cited

If no author is given, begin your in-text citation with the title of the webpage. If no date is given, use the abbreviation (n.d.) in place of the date.

How do I format the in-text citation?

When citing a website in APA format, you’ll need to include the date that you accessed the site as well as the URL. Here’s an example:

According to the National Institutes of Health (2020), “Staying active can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease. It can also lower your blood pressure and help you maintain a healthy weight” (para. 1).

You’ll notice that there is no comma between the author and date, and that the date is in parentheses. The URL goes at the end of the citation, and you don’t need to include http:// or https://.

What if I can’t find all the information I need to in-text cite a website?

If you can’t find all the information you need to in-text cite a website in APA format, it’s usually best to err on the side of including too much information rather than too little. For example, if you can’t find the author’s name but you can find the website’s title and the date it was published, you could include that information in your citation (e.g., “Title of Website,” n.d.).

Are there any special considerations for in-text citing websites?

When citing a website in APA format, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind. First and foremost, APA style requires both a in-text citation and a corresponding entry in the reference list for every source you cite. Secondly, because websites can be changed or updated at any time, it is important to include both the date you accessed the site and the url in your citation (see example below). Finally, because website articles often do not have formal titles, you will need to provide a brief description of the article in your citation (e.g., “How to Cite Websites”).

Here is an example of how to format an in-text citation for a website:

According to the APA style guide (2020), “when citing a website in APA format, there are a few special considerations to keep in mind” (para. 1).

What if I’m still having trouble in-text citing websites?

There are a few different situations that can make in-text citing a website in APA format a little tricky. Here are some tips on how to handle common situations:

If there is no author given for a website, use the website title in its place. For example: (“All About APA Format”, n.d.)
If the website title is too long to cite in full, shorten it to the first few words of the title. For example, you could cite “All About APA Format” as (“All About APA”, n.d.)
If there is no date given for a website, use (n.d.) in its place.

Where can I find more information about in-text citation?

In-text citation is a required element of writing in the APA format. Citing a website in text can be done in two ways. The first is to include the author’s last name and the date of publication in parentheses at the end of the sentence you are citing. For example, (Smith, 2019). If no author is given, use the website title instead. The second way to cite a website in text is to include both the author’s last name and the date of publication in parentheses at the end of the sentence you are citing, followed by a comma and the full URL of the website. For example, (Smith, 2019, https://www.example.com).

Summary

When you write a research paper, you will need to cite sources for any information or ideas that are not your own. Citing sources is important because it can help you avoid plagiarism, which is when you use someone else’s work without giving them credit. When you in-text citation a website in APA format, you include the author’s name, the date that the resource was published, and the URL of the website.

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