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Website Evaluation and Citation: Cite a Website

This guide offers you some questions to ask yourself before you decide a web site has the information you need.

What You Need

To make a citation you will need:

  • Author or Authors,
  • Date,
  • Title
  • URL
  • (for an MLA citation you also need the Title of the website or publishing organization.)


Also, make sure that your source is not an online journal, magazine article, or newspaper article. Those are formatted differently. See Purdue for details:

Other APA Style Resources

APA Basics LibGuide

APA Formatting  at Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) - 

Everything you ever wanted to know about APA formatting (and explained way better than this LibGuide!):


Links to cite it for you:

KnightCite is an online citation generator service provided by the Hekman Library of Calvin College.

The rules of how to use in-text citations and cite anything tricky for MLA or APA papers.‚Äč

Find your book and click on the “cite” tool at the top right of the screen.

Sample APA citations for Web Sources



Cite a Web Page With No Author

How do you reference a web page that lists no author?

From the APA Style Blog.

When there is no author for a web page, the title moves to the first position of the reference entry:

All 33 Chile miners freed in flawless rescue. (2010, October 13). Retrieved from

Cite in text the first few words of the reference list entry (usually the title) and the year. Use double quotation marks around the title or abbreviated title.: ("All 33 Chile Miners," 2010).

Note: Use the full title of the web page if it is short for the parenthetical citation. Articles found on the web, like the example above, are not italicized in the reference entry and are not italicized but enclosed in quotations in the in-text citation, just like a newspaper or magazine article.

Reports found on the web would be italicized in the reference list, as in Publication Manual (6th ed.) Examples 31, 32, and 33 on pp. 205–206. They would also be italicized in the in-text citation, just like a book.