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APA Guide For Human Services (Barrio): Citing a Website

APA Website Citations

Things to Ask Yourself When Looking At a Source

When looking at a source, ask yourself...

              - Can you identify the type of information source you have found?
              - Is it a book?
              - An article?
              - A web site?
              - Something else? (social media posting?)
              - What topics are covered?

            - What is the purpose of the information source?
      - Who is the intended audience?
      - Is it meant to inform?
      - To persuade?
      - To teach?
      - To report the findings of some original research?
      - To entertain?

     - How does it compare to other items you have found?

             - What are the research methods, if any, employed in the source?
     - Does the author cite other research? Is there a bibliography? Foot   notes?
     - Have other scholars cited the information source?
     - Does the work succeed?

             - How is it useful to me or others?

    - Who is the author?
    - What are the author’s credentials?

            - What are the author’s affiliations?
    - What are the author’s goals & objectives?


             - When the information was created or last updated?

              - Is the date important for the timeliness of the content?


Citing a Website


Last, F. (2011, January 1). Article title. Retrieved November 17, 2015, from Name of web site: http://URL


In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Last name, 2001).




Newspaper from website: 

Authorlast, A. (2015, November 1). Article title. Name of newspaper, Section, pp. 1-2. Retrieved from http://URL 


In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Authorlast, 2015).




Smith, J. (2001, January 1). Title of post [Blog post]. Retrieved from Name of blog:


In-text citation:

...the end of your sentence (Smith, 2001).


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