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APA Citation Guide (7th Edition): Websites and Webpages

Note: This guide reflects the latest version of the APA Publication Manual (i.e., APA 7).

Website or Webpage?

A website is a collection of webpages that are under one domain. One website will have several webpages like Home, About Us, Contact Us, Services, Products, etc. All of these pages together make up a website. In other words, a webpage is an independent page of a website. 

If you simply mention a whole website it is not necessary to create a reference list entry. Name the website in the text of your paper and provide the URL in parentheses.


  • Use the webpage and website category for your source only if there is no better category for it. Do not use it if a source is simply available online, e.g., if a journal article is available from an online database, use a journal article format for your reference.
  • Some information, (e.g., author, date), might not always be obvious on websites or webpages. Sometimes it may be necessary to check places such as the "About Us", the "Copyright" or the "Acknowledgements" page(s).
  • Do not use any punctuation at the end of URLs as punctuation could interfere with the link.
  • If the author of the website is the same as the name of the website, omit the website name.
  • Retrieval date is normally not necessary unless the content is likely to change and the page is not archived, e.g., a Wikipedia entry. The format is: Retrieved February 1, 2020 from https://xxxxxxx

Webpage on a Website with an Individual Author


Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of work. Site Name. URL


Picheta, R. (2020, July 1). This new high-tech glove translates sign language into speech in real time. CNN.

Webpage on a Website with a Group Author


Name of Corporation/Group/Organization. (Date). Title of work. Site Name. URL


World Health Organization. (2020, June 29). Timeline of WHO's response to COVID-19. 

Note: When the author and site name are the same, omit the site name from the source element.

Webpage on a Website with No Date


Author or Group Name. (n.d.). Title of page. Site name. URL


National Alliance on Mental Illness. (n.d.). Mental health conditions.