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Citing a website in-text in APA style?

Asked by stemnyjones (3969points) September 23rd, 2012

I’ve searched Google, but am still unsure of how to do this correctly.

How do you do an in-text citation for a website in an APA-style paper?

Do you provide the URL in the in-text and, if so, do you link to the exact page the info is on or just the website’s home page? Do you put the author of the article, or the website it comes from?

For example, if I am citing a piece of data from, how would I cite that in the text?

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SuperMouse's avatar

This should help.

BBawlight's avatar

Online articles follow the same guidelines for printed articles. Include all information the online host makes available, including an issue number in parentheses.
You must put the link to the direct page, not the home page.

stemnyjones's avatar

Thank you for your answers, both of you, but I’m still confused as to how to cite, for example, this webpage in-text:

There is no author, and the name of the organization is extremely long (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University). Can someone please tell me how I would cite that source in particular in-text?

BBawlight's avatar


I would say to add this:

Author and/or editor names (if available)

Article name in quotation marks (if applicable)

Title of the Website, project, or book in italics. (Remember that some Print publications have Web publications with slightly different names. They may, for example, include the additional information or otherwise modified information, like domain names [e.g. .com or .net].)

Any version numbers available, including revisions, posting dates, volumes, or issue numbers.

Publisher information, including the publisher name and publishing date.
Take note of any page numbers (if available).

Medium of publication.

Date you accessed the material.

I think you can abbreviate the organization title, though

stemnyjones's avatar

@BBawlight That would be the References page citation, not the in-text… I’m confused about citing that particular article in-text.

BBawlight's avatar

Calling substance abuse and addiction “a chronic disease of epidemic proportions with physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual elements that require continuing and holistic care,” Joseph A. Califano, Jr., chairman and president of The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA*) at Columbia University and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, calls for a major shift in American attitudes about substance abuse and addiction and a top to bottom overhaul in the nation’s health care, criminal justice, social service, and education systems, and awakening the power of parenting, to curtail the rise in illegal drug use and other substance abuse in his new book, HIGH SOCIETY: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What to Do About It. The book’s call for a revolution in how the nation views and confronts abuse and addiction involving tobacco, alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs is based on 15 years of CASA research… (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, 2007)

stemnyjones's avatar

Thank you so much.

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