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Creating APA Reference List Entries for Website Sources

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Creating APA reference list entries for website sources. It can be confusing to create a reference list entry for information found on websites. We are going to complete three different templates for reference list entries for sources that are commonly found on websites. When determining the type of website you are using it is important to answer the following questions: Who is responsible for the content? When was the content created? What is the title of the content? Where can the information be found? The first source is a webpage from an organization. This is a template for an APA reference list entry for a webpage with an organization as an author. We are going to complete this template by filling in the information from the webpage. To begin we need to find who is responsible for the content.

This webpage does not have a specific person identified as the author, but because the information is hosted on an organization’s website you would list the organization’s name as the author. Put a period after the organization name. Next we need to find the publication date for the webpage. Because webpages can have all different types of design, there is no consistent location for publication dates, so check the page carefully to find a date. The publication date for this webpage is found at the bottom of the page, and the month, day, and year are all provided. In parentheses provide the year, a comma, then the month completely spelled out, and the day. Put a period after the parentheses around the publication date. The next piece of our template is the title of the webpage. Returning back to the top of the webpage, we find the title for the webpage.

Capitalize the first word in the title, proper nouns, the names of specific people, places, or organizations, and the first word in the subtitle. Put a period after the webpage title. The last piece of information we need is the full website address for this webpage. The easiest way to include an accurate link to the webpage is to copy the website address from your browser and paste it into your reference list entry. Put the words ‘Retrieved from’ before the website address. We now have a complete reference list entry for a webpage from an organization. Another type of website source you may use for your research is an article found in an online newspaper. This is a template for an APA reference list entry for an article with one author found in an online newspaper. Begin the reference list entry with the author’s last name followed by the initials for the first and middle names. Next we need to provide the publication date for the article. If the month, day, and year are provided then provide the full date in the format year, comma, month, and then day all in parentheses.

Put a period between the publication date and the article title. For the article title capitalize the first word in the title, proper nouns, and the first word in the subtitle Put a period after the article title. After the article title provide the title of the online newspaper. Capitalize all of the major words in the newspaper’s title, and put the title in italics. Put a period after the newspaper title. The last piece of the reference list entry for this article is to use the words retrieved from followed by the full website address to link directly back to this specific newspaper article. We now have a complete reference list entry for an article in an online newspaper. The last website source example we will cover is a reference list entry for a blog post. This is a template for an APA reference list entry for a blog post. An author is not listed on the webpage where the blog post is found, but that does not mean that this source has no author. Sometimes you have to do a little hunting to find the author for a website source. You can often find the name of the person, or organization, responsible for the content of a website on the About page.

If the author is a person and not an organization begin the reference list entry with the author’s last name followed by the initials for the first and middle names. Going back to the blog post that we are using as our source we can then find the publication date for the post. If the month, day, and year are provided then provide the full date in the format of year, comma, month, then day in parentheses. Put a period between the publication date and the blog post title. Capitalize the first word of the blog post title, proper nouns, and the first word in the blog post subtitle. If there is one. In this example the title begins with a number, and that number is considered the first word in the title. Because this is a blog post, you need to provide the words blog post in brackets after the title.

Put a period after the title. The last piece of the reference list entry for this blog post is to use the words retrieved from followed by the full website address to link directly back to this specific blog post. We now have a complete reference list entry for a blog post. For additional information on creating reference list entries for different types of website sources, see the APA Style Blog..

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