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How Do You Do an APA Citation for a Website?

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How to cite a website in APA. Specify the date published, if possible. Put the date in parentheses, arranging it in year-month-day format. If only the year is available, list the year. If no date is available, write "n. Include the date of retrieval. Introduce the date with the word "Retrieved. Cite the name of the website and the URL from which you obtained the information. Introduce the information with the word "from.

Finish with the URL. Retrieved January 1, , from wikiHow: Name the author or authors. Each name should be in last-name, first-initial format. Include the author's middle initial when available. Indicate the date of publication. The date should be in year-month-day format and enclosed in parentheses. If no date is available, write the abbreviation "n. Type the name of the online e-book. Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of the first word. If there is a subtitle, also capitalize the first letter of the first word that appears after the colon.

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. The SourceAid guide to citation, research, and avoiding plagiarism. If the work is available directly, introduce the URL with the phrase "Retrieved from. Mention the author's name or username. When available, you should use the author's actual name in last-name, first-initial, middle-initial format. If the author does not indicate his or her real name, however, you must include the author's screen name or username.

Include the date of publication. Due to the nature of online message boards and forums, the date of publication is almost always included with each post. Write the date in year-month-day format and enclose in parentheses. Indicate the name of the post. Capitalize the first letter of the first word. Enter the in-text citation in your paper Add a parenthetical note immediately after your quotation or paraphrase from the website. Remember that using more than two consecutive words from the source requires you to use quotation marks.

Insert the " " after the last word in the sentence just before the period and after the closing quotation mark if appropriate. Add the author's last name, the year of publication, and the paragraph number in the web article that contains your information if page numbers are not available. Add the " " and a period to end that sentence. Substitute the title of the article if the author's name is not present, and substitute "n.

Add the information to your list of references Format the information in this way: Last Name, First Initial. Year, month and date of publication.

Your abstract should contain at least your research topic, research questions, participants, methods, results, data analysis, and conclusions. You may also include possible implications of your research and future work you see connected with your findings. Your abstract should be a single paragraph, double-spaced. Your abstract should be between and words. You may also want to list keywords from your paper in your abstract.

To do this, indent as you would if you were starting a new paragraph, type Keywords: Listing your keywords will help researchers find your work in databases. The page template for the new OWL site does not include contributors' names or the page's last edited date. However, select pages, like the Citation Style Chart , still include this information.

Purdue Online Writing Lab. Contributors' names Last edited date. Common Words that Sound Alike Numbers: Text Elements Visual Rhetoric: Process and Materials Overview: An Introduction Researching Programs: Practical Considerations Researching Programs: Drafting Your Statement Statements of Purpose: The Basics In-Text Citations: Basic Rules Reference List:

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APA (American Psychological Association) is most commonly used to cite sources within the health sciences and social sciences fields. This resource, revised according to the 5th edition of the APA manual, offers examples for in-text citations, endnotes/footnotes, and your bibliography or .

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To cite a website in a paper using APA format, gather the author's name, the title of the article, the date of publication and the URL for that website. Add an in-text parenthetical note, and include the source information in the list of references.

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For more information, please consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6 th ed., 2 nd printing). Please use the example at the bottom of . For every in-text citation in your paper, there must be a corresponding entry in your reference list. APA in-text citation style uses the author's last name and the year of publication, for example: (Field, ).

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How to Format an APA Style Paper: Your teacher may want you to format your paper using the Publication Manual’s guidelines. If you were told to create your citations in APA format, your paper should be formatted using these guidelines. Insert the quoted or paraphrased material in your paper. Create the in-text citation using the article title. The title of the web page is placed in quotation marks. If the web page has a long title, just use the first few words of the title in the in-text citation. "How to Cite Websites in APA Style" accessed September 08, https.