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APA Citation Style_OLD: Websites & Online Communities

Websites & other web resources

Author last name, A. A. (year). Title of document. Retrieved from http://www.xxxx (if a stand-alone work)

Author last name, A. A. (year). Title of document. Retrieved from http://www.xxxx (if part of a bigger work)

 

American Psychological Association. (2010). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. Retrieved from http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx

Kwantlen Polytechnic University. (n.d.). Kwantlen's timeline of success. Retrieved August 5, 2011, from http://kwantlen.ca/timeline.html

Margaret Atwood lands on longlist for Bailey fiction prize. (2014, March 7). Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/margaret-atwood-lands-on-longlist-for-bailey-fiction-prize-1.2563984

  • List as much of the following information as possible: author, date, title, retrieved from URL. Remember to also look at the main page/homepage of a website if the information is not readily available on a sub‐side
  • If there is no author, start with the title (as in the last example)
  • if there is no date, use n.d. (as in the second example)
  • Include a retrieval date (month day, year) only if the content may change over time
  • In text citation examples (for more information, see the In-text Citations tab):
    • ... (American Psychological Association [APA], 2010) the first time you cite, then abbreviate to ... (APA, 2010)
    • ... (Kwantlen Polytechnic University [KPU], n.d.) the first time you cite,  then abbreviate to: .....(KPU, n.d.)
    • ... (“Margaret Atwood lands,” 2014)
  • when quoting directly, also include page number (or other locator (such as a paragraph or heading), if no page number is available) e.g.

    • “…” (APA, 2010, Standard 3, para. 3.05(a))      
    • “…” (KPU, n.d., “2011”)  
    • "..." ("Margaret Atwood lands," 2014, para. 4)

Author last name, A. A. (date). Title of post [Description of type]. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxx

 

For more examples on citing Social Media sources, see this APA Style blog

 

archytas. (2012, November 25). John Locke.... is he a "realist", epistemologically? [Electronic mailing list message]. Retrieved from https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/epistemology/NE19lkmRLoY

Jjj Jjj. (2012, November 19).Why people vote and what that implies [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/11/why-people-vote-and-what-that-implies-becker.html?cid=6a00d8341c031153ef017d3de91b26970c#comment-6a00d8341c031153ef017d3de91b26970c

Olsson, J. (2012, April 4).Videoblog day 2 - The jump [Video blog post]. Retrieved from http://jon-olsson.com/?p=8516

Kwantlen Polytechnic University[KwantlenU]. (2014, February 27). Struggling in your courses? Attend Academic Boost Camp & get tips on new & effective strategies to help you. Mar 1. http://ow.ly/tKGyj [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/KwantlenU/status/439098117297029120

Histamine. (n.d.). Retrieved March 30, 2013, from http://psychology.wikia.com/wiki/Histamine

Poynt Corporation. (2012). Poynt (Version 1.8.6) [Mobile application software]. Retrieved from http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content /844/?lang=en

  • Follow the date with the subject line of message or title of post; do not italicize it
  • If there is no author, move the title in the author position
  • In text citation examples (for more information, see the In-text Citations tab):
    • ..... (archytas, 2012)....
    • ..... (Jjj Jjj, 2012)....
    • ..... (Ollson, 2012)
    • ..... (Kwantlen Polytechnic University [KPU], 2014) the first time; then you can abbreviate to … (KPU, 2014))
    • ..... ("Histamine," n.d.)
    • ..... (Poynt Corporation, 2012)
  • when quoting directly, also include page number (or other locator (such as a paragraph, timestamp or heading), if no page number is available) e.g.

    • “…” (archytas, 2012, para.2)
    • ”...”  (Jjj Jjj, 2012, para. 1
    • “...” (Olsson, 2012, 4:30)
    • “...” (KPU, 2014)
    • “...” ("Histamine,” n.d., “Roles in the Body”)
    • “...” (Poynt Corporation, 2012)