APA Fact of the Week: Citing Web Content

Posted June 12, 2015

Citing web content in the reference list follows a similar format to other references.

Basic Format:

Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://url


Martin, G. R. R. (2015, June 10). Wars, woes, work [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://grrm.livejournal.com/

*A format description is only necessary if the format is unusual such as in blog posts or lecture notes. For a full list of formats see p. 186 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

For corporate and government authors use the organization name in place of the author name.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Nutrition. Retrieved from                                       http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/

For technical and research reports include the report number in parentheses after the title.


  1. S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. (2003). Managing asthma: A guide for schools (NIH Publication No. 02-2650). Retrieved from                http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/asth_sch.pdf

*Do not include a retrieved from date unless the source material is likely to change over time. Note that URLs do not have a period after them.

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