How to Do an In-Text Citation in APA Format From a Web Page

Updated March 07, 2017


Most APA citations include the author's last name and the year of publication. In a parenthetical citation, put a comma between these portions: (Jones, 2013). You may use a signal phrase instead to emphasize the author: According to Jones (2013).On a Web page, the author and date may be listed at the top, along the left margin or at the very bottom. You may need to click on a home page, "about us" link or "contact us" link to find the author's name.


Some Web pages have organizations as authors. In this case, use that group name as you would any author, spelling out the name in full the first time you use it: (American Psychological Association, 2013). If the group is one familiar to your reader, subsequent mentions may use the acronym, such as APA. If no author at all appears on the page, use the title of the page in the citation, within quotation marks. Capitalize the first and other important words in the title within the signal phrase or citation: ("Studies Indicate Deception," 2013). You may shorten a very long title, but include the first word of the title in the citation. If you cannot find a date for the page, indicate that with "n.d." without the quotation marks: ("Studies Indicate Deception," n.d.).

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Kristie Sweet has been writing professionally since 1982, most recently publishing for various websites on topics like health and wellness, and education. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado.