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Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Initial. (Year Published). Title. Retrieved Date Accessed, from http://Website URL

Example: Islam,. (2014). Evils of Gossip and Backbiting in Islam. Retrieved 12 June 2014, from

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname, Year Published)


There may be some situations in which a story must be shared, even if it may be hurtful. Muslim scholars have outlined six situations in which one is justified in sharing gossip: •When making a complaint to a judge about an injustice that has been done, in order for one to reclaim his or her rights.
 •To seek help which will prevent a person from continuing to commit a certain sin.
 •To seek advice from a Muslim scholar about whether a particular action is allowed or disallowed. In this case, one may mention a certain situation without giving names, in order to obtain a judgment on the matter.
 •To identify a particular person.
 •If someone publicly declares his sins, openly, there is no harm in speaking about it.
 •To warn others about a certain person. For example, it is an obligation for us to warn others about a person who is known to cheat or steal. ( Islam, 2014)

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How do I format an in-text citation for a website with a known group author in APA style?

As per Section 8.21 of the APA manual, you can abbreviate a name for a group author. It is not compulsory to do so; however, if the group author is well known or appears at least thrice in the paper, you may abbreviate the name of the group.

Example Narrative In-Text Citation with Abbreviation:

Full name of the group (Abbreviation, Year) claimed…

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, 2018) claimed…

Whether a narrative or parenthetical in-text citation, mention the full name of the group in the first instance.

Example Parenthetical In-Text Citation with Abbreviation:

As described in their most recent study… (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2021). (first instance)

It is a standard practice that… (CDC, 2021). (subsequent instances)

How do I format a reference list entry for a website that has a known author in APA style?

As per Section 9 of the APA manual, where the author is unknown or cannot be ascertained, the title will take the author’s place. The only exception to this is a website that lists “Anonymous” as the author. In such unique scenarios, use the word “Anonymous” in place of the author’s name. In all the other scenarios, where the author is just unknown and not mentioned explicitly as “Anonymous,” follow the below format and example:


Webpage Title. (Year, Month Day) Website Name. URL


Public Blogs. (2022, February 8). In How To Use Write. As.