Citing websites

Referencing is becoming increasingly complex as students are leveraging new sources of information to build and strengthen their academic arguments.

A few decades ago, students would limit their research to books, academic journals and the written press. Nowadays, with the rise and democratization of the online search engines and digital media, Google, Wikipedia and online news outlets have become the first step in a student’s research process.

It is therefore natural that websites are now a significant part of referencing.

To cite websites, we recommend you use the following structure.

APA Website reference format:

Last name, initial (Year, Month, Date). Page Title. Website name. URL

Examples:

  • Hasen, R. (2020, June 29). Bring on the 28th Amendment. New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/29/opinion/voting-rights.html
  • Lowrey, A. (2020, June 29). Close the Racial Gap with Baby Bonds. The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/06/close-racial-wealth-gap-baby-bonds/613525/
  • Grant, J. (2020, June 28). Powell Has Become the Fed’s Dr. Feelgood. The Wall Street Journal. https://www.wsj.com/articles/powell-has-become-the-feds-dr-feelgood-11593370222?mod=opinion_lead_pos5