Citing a Website in APA Style

When citing websites in APA style in your references list, your citation should follow one of the basic formats below.

General, non-periodical websites


Last Name, F. I. (Year of publication). Webpage title. Retrieved from http://website.com

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). Pregnant women with any laboratory evidence of possible Zika virus infection in the United  States and territories, 2016. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/zika/geo/pregwomen-uscases.html

  • Note: If no author is listed, use the producing organization instead.

Blog posts and data sets


For blog posts and data sets, use the same format as above but include the general source type in [ ] after the webpage title.

Stack, M. (2016). University amenities and university food banks [Blog post]. Retrieved from  http://www.socialsciencespace.com/2016/02/university-amenities- and-university-food-banks

Books and articles found online


In general, citations for books and articles found online follow the same general format as they as do for sources in print. At the end of the citation, be sure to include the website or database in this format: “Retrieved from website.com.” or “Retrieved from XYZ database.”

Email communications


Information obtained from emails should not be included in a References list. Instead, cite them within the text in parentheses as: (A. Smith, personal communication, November 21, 2016).

More information

To see more examples and other situations of citing books in APA style, see the University Libraries APA Citation Guide see Purdue University Online Writing Lab’s APA Guide.