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Citation Guide: How to cite WEBSITES

A guide to create citations for bibliographies and works cited in reference papers.

How to cite WEBSITES

APA Web Site Citation
Web sites do not include subscription databases

  • Examples are not double-spaced, but your References list should be double-spaced
  • Examples do not show indented lines after the first line, but yours should be indented
  • Omit any information not found (author, organizational sponsor, date published or updated, etc.).

  • There are three elements absolutely necessary for an web site citation:
    • Name (or title) of site
    • Date of retrieval if web site is not Authoritative
    • URL of Homepage (Internet address) (If hard to find like on a government website, complete URL can be used)

Author's Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. (Date of Publication or Update). Title of work. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from URL from Homepage


Basements and crawl spaces. (2002, June 23). Retrieved  from http://www.hud.gov/ offices/hsg/sfh/ref/sfhp1-25.cfm

Build smarter with alternative materials. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http://www.build-smarter.com/

Clemens, S. L. (n.d.). Roughing it. Retrieved from http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-in/query/r?ammem/calbkbib:@field(TITLE+@band(Roughing+it.+))

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. (2002). DuPont Tyvek®. Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http://www.tyvek.com/

Hacken, R. (n.d.). Home page. Retrieved January 23, 2002, from http://www.lib.byu.edu/estu/

7-step home construction plan. (n.d.). Retrieved June 15, 2002, from http/www.plansforme.com/ownmyhome/home_building/index.html

Seville, C. (2001, January 25). Finish materials in design/build. Retrieved from http://www.housingzone.com/topics/hz/cmaterials/hz01aa604.asp

Study skills self-help information. (n.d.). Retrieved December 1, 2001, from http://www.ucc.vt.edu/stdysk/stdyhlp.html

Willett, P., ed. (1997, April). Victorian women writers project. Retrieved from http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/nesbit/ballsoc.html