Website post or page (general treatment)

Important: Confirm with your lecturer whether you are using APA 6th or APA 7th as they are slightly different.

In-text citations


According to Fry (2013) David Cameron's views …

David Cameron has recently announced … (Fry, 2013).

Direct quote

  • Many electronic sources do not provide page numbers, unless they are in PDF format. In this case, use the paragraph number (you will have to count them yourself).
  • Place direct quotes between double quotation marks " " and use the name of the section or the paragraph number as part of the in-text reference if quoting from a website that is not a PDF document.

"David Cameron has recently started campaigning …" (Fry, 2013, para. 3).

Reference list


Author. (Year/Date). Title [Form, if needed]. URL

With the retrieval date:

Department of Health. (2018). Latest My Aged Care updates: Ageing and aged care. Retrieved July 11, 2018, from

Without the retrieval date:

World Health Organization. (2018, March). Questions and answers on immunization and vaccine safety.

  • Give the name of the person or group who created the content on the page.
  • Give the year or specific date of the page (as displayed on the individual page) or use the copyright date, last updated date, or (n.d.) as appropriate.
  • Give the title of the page. If there is no title, give a short descriptive phrase in square brackets. If the material is non-routine, add a description of form in square brackets.
  • Give URL of the page (archived URL if available; click date stamp to access) or of the home page, whichever is more direct/reliable.
  • Provide a retrieval date for references where the content changes over time, such as for non-archived social media pages.


The video-sharing website YouTube ( is … IN WRITING ONLY

No reference entry required

  • When making a general reference to a website as a whole (i.e., not to a specific document, page or post on the site), give the URL in round brackets after the mention; no reference entry is needed.