APA for Online Sources



You've drafted your research paper and found what you think is a great source on the web. But, it doesn't have a page number or a publishing house to use on the reference page.

Now what?

Fortunately, the APA has rules specifically for online sources.

There are two types of source you will deal with online - a document and a periodical.

An online document would include a content page from a static website such as this one.

An online periodical would be the equivalent of a magazine online, such as a professional journal article or a blog post.

Here is how you cite them. There are exceptions, of course, but we won't deal with them here.

Online Sources:

Online Document

Citation format:

Author, F.I., (Year). Article Title. Periodical title. Retrieved Month, Day, Year, from Website URL.

Example:

Leather, C. (2006). Learn How to Cross Stitch. Needlework Tips and Techniques. Retrieved April 28, 2017 from http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/learn-how-to-cross-stitch.html

Online Periodical

Citation format:

Author, F.I., (Year). Article Title. Periodical title, Issue #, Page #s. Retrieved Month, Day, Year, from Website URL.

Example:

Farber, M. (2017). DNA From Extinct Humans Discovered in Cave Dirt. Time Magazine. April, 2017. Retrieved April 28, 2017 from http://time.com/4759439/extinct-human-dna-cave-dirt

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