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Citations: Web Sites

Reference to a Web Site

Reference to a Web Site:

  • You may have a hard time finding a lot of the bibliographic information for a Web site. Include as much information as possible.
  • If you are on the Web site of a corporation or an association (like American Psychological Association), and there is no specific author for an article on their page, then assume that the corporation or association is the author.
  • Often, you will not find a date on Web pages. Look for it at either the top or bottom of the page. If there are multiple dates, use the most recent. If there is not a date then put n.d. in parenthesis for no date.
  • Include the entire URL/Web address.

Author. (Year, Month Day). Article title. Retrieved from complete URL/Web address

National Institutes of Mental Health. (2014, April 21). Anxiety disorders. Retrieved from

Saito therapy. (n.d.). Retrieved from

What is APA Format?

MPC Library APA 6th Edition Handout

APA stands for American Psychological Association.  APA Style is used to write papers and cite sources in the sciences such as nursing, psychology, and social sciences.
The purpose of citing sources is:

  • To avoid plagiarism.
  • To give credit to the original creator of information you used in your research paper.
  • To inform readers of the sources you used.

If you are asked to use APA format, be sure to consult the APA Publication Manual (6th edition), available at the MPC Library.

REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010
(Reference Stacks)


Many of the MPC databases provide MLA and APA citation formatting, but they are not always formatted correctly.  Also, other online citation makers are not always accurate. It is important to check their accuracy against a citation style guide like this guide.