APA format for websites

Learn how to reference websites in the APA format with our handy guide or use our free website reference generator to create accurate references in a click.

What is an APA website reference?

An APA website reference is a reference made in an academic essay that alerts the reader to an online source that has informed your writing. The APA style was developed by the American Psychological Association and is most commonly used to reference sources within the social sciences

How to write an APA website reference

APA website references consist of an in-text citation containing the author’s surname followed by the publication date – if there is no date, you can use ‘n.d.’ in its place. This is accompanied by a detailed bibliographic entry shown in the following format:

Surname, Inital(s). (Year, Month Date Published). Article title. Retrieved Date Month Year, from URL

APA website example


(The Guardian, 2015.)


The Guardian. (2015, March 1). Business and finance news from Guardian US. The Guardian. Retrieved 21 May 2015, from http://www.theguardian.com/us/