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APA 6th Edition Referencing: FAQs page 3

This is a Wintec guide to help you with referencing in the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

How do I refer to a whole website?

When citing an entire website, but not an individual webpage, just give the address of the site in the text only; no reference list entry is necessary. For example:

New Zealand History Online has some good interactive pages that are a useful resource for teachers (

What is a digital object identifier (DOI)?

A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique number/code to identify content and provide a reliable link to its location on the Internet. Unlike a URL, a DOI never changes.

Journal, magazine or serial article with six or more authors

Example—reference list entry 

Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Rabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G., . . . Botros, N. (2004). Effects of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress, dependence, DRD2 A1 allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267.

Example—in-text citation

First citation

Gilbert et al. (2004) indicate that … (p. 252).


(Gilbert et al., 2004, p. 252).

See also: Book with six or more authors/editors

Note: For articles or books with 8 or more authors, list the first 6 authors followed by ellipsis (...), then the last author. For books with 6 or 7 authors, simply list all of the authors.

How do I reference an article/report from an overseas government website?

If you use information from the NZ Ministry of Health website, you do not need to include “New Zealand” as it is presumed to have come from NZ. However, you may wish to use a site from a country overseas, and need to indicate which country this is. For example:

New Zealand government 

Ministry of Health. (2013). New Zealand suicide prevention action plan 2013–2016. Retrieved from

Overseas government

United States. Public Health Service. Office of the Surgeon General. (2014). The health consequences  
                   of smoking—50 years of progress: A report of the Surgeon General.
Retrieved from

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