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APA 7th Edition Referencing Guide1

A Wintec Library guide to referencing in APA 7th edition style

How to find the date for a website

Quite often the date will be near the top of the page and is easy to find.

If you can't find a date in this location, it may be at the bottom of the webpage.

Use:

  • Date "Last modified"
  • Date "Last updated"

Do not use:

  • The date of copyright
  • Date "Last reviewed"

Referencing a webpage with an individual author

When referencing a webpage, use the most specific date possible (the full date if known). Italicise the title of the individual webpage and, if the webpage has an individual (rather than corporate/group) author, include the name of the website (not in italics) before the URL.

Author, A. or Corporate/Group Author. (Date). Title of webpage in italic sentence case. Name of Website in Title Case. URL

Werneburg, B. L. (2017, May 02). Improve your relationships with better communication.  Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/improve-your-relationships-with-better-communication/art-20314073 


Examples

Reference list entry

Werneburg, B. L. (2017, May 02). Improve your relationships with better communication.  Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/improve-your-relationships-with-better-communication/art-20314073

In-text citations

Narrative
Werneburg (2017) suggests... (para. 2).

Parenthetical
... (Werneburg, 2017, para. 2).


Referencing a webpage with a corporate/group author

When referencing a webpage that doesn't have an individual author, it is considered a corporate author (which is the name of the website). Omit the name of the website between the title of the webpage and the URL (if the same as the corporate author).

Author, A. or Corporate/Group Author. (Date). Title of webpage in italic sentence case. URL

StatsNZ. (2019). Conservation status of indigenous marine species. 
https://www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/conservation-status-of-indigenous-marine-species

Examples

Reference list entry

StatsNZ. (2019). Conservation status of indigenous marine species
https://www.stats.govt.nz/indicators/conservation-status-of-indigenous-marine-species

In-text citations

Narrative
StatsNZ (2019) provides evidence of ... (para. 2).

Parenthetical
... (StatsNZ, 2019, para. 2).

 

Note
For a corporate author with an abbreviated name, use the full name of the corporate author in your first in-text citation, followed by the abbreviation in square brackets. See the Department of Conservation example below for website with no date. 
For subsequent in-text citations, you can use just the abbreviated version of the corporate author. E.g., (DoC, 2020).

Referencing a webpage with no date

Webpages with no date or no date clearly attributable to the material on the webpage (e.g. a modified/last updated date) should be referenced with (n.d.). The example below shows how to reference a webpage with no date and indicates the elements required.

Author, A. or Corporate/Group Author. (n.d.). Title of webpage in italic sentence case. URL

Department of Conservation. (n.d.). Our marine environment
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/habitats/marine/new-zealands-marine-environment/ 


Examples

Reference list entry

Department of Conservation. (n.d.). Our marine environment
https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/habitats/marine/new-zealands-marine-environment/

In-text citations

Narrative
(The Department of Conservation [DoC], n.d.) suggests ... (para. 2).

Parenthetical
... (Department of Conservation [DoC], n.d., para. 2).

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