How to Cite a Website in APA Format

In this article, we are going to explain how to cite a website in APA Format. The APA referencing guide does not provide an exact guide to cite a website. However, it provides guidelines to cite various sources in online formats. First, you need to find out the following information in order to create a citation.

Information Required to Cite a Website in APA Format

  • Article Title
  • Title of the Website, project, database
  • Publisher Information (name, date, etc.)
  • Names of author/editor
  • Date you accessed the material
  • URL or DOI

How to Cite a Website in APA Format

How to Cite a General Website in APA Format

Although there are no strict guidelines, the following structure is usually used to cite a website.

Author. (Date of Publication). Article title. Retrieved from URL

  • When you are writing the name of the writer, the last name should come first. This is then followed by the initial(s) of the first name(s).


  • When you are writing the date, you should use the following format.

Year, Month Date   (1999, April 29)

  • If the website has no author, you can use the following format.

Article title. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Retrieved from URL

You can get a clear idea about these citations by looking at the following examples.

Winch,G.(2016, May 10). At What Age Are You Most Likely to Be Lonely?. Retrieved from


Difference Between Prohibited and Restricted (2015, October 13). Retrieved from

How to Cite an Online Journal in APA Format

If you are citing an article from an online journal, you can use the following format.

Author. (Year Published). Article title. Journal NameVolume (Issue), page(s). doi:# or Retrieved from URL

Woodwall,T.(2007). New marketing, improved marketing, apocryphal marketing: Is one marketing concept enough?. European Journal of Marketing, 41 (11/12),1284 – 1296. doi 10.1108/03090560710821170


Cole,S. (2015). Space tourism: prospects, positioning, and planning. Journal of Tourism Futures,1(2), 131 – 140.

You can use this structure to cite journals retrieved from online databases as well. The information about the database does not have to be cited in APA style.

How to Cite an Online Dictionary or Encyclopedia

Encyclopedic entries and dictionary entries generally do not mention author’s names. In such cases, you can use the following format

Entry name (Year of Publication) In Encyclopedia. Retrieved from URL

Spoonerism (2015) In Encyclopædia Britannica online. Retrieved from

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