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APA Citation Style Guide : Citing Online Sources

Adapted from NOVA APA Citation Style Guide

Identifying Parts of the Citation

Not sure what each part of the citation represents? Hover over the area that you are unsure of, and a description will pop up as demonstrated below.



Entire Book

Mabe, D.  (2005).  BlackBerry hacks.    Retrieved from


Walder, D. (2011). Postcolonial nostalgias: Writing, representation and memory. Retrieved from


Chapter in Edited Book


Diallo, D. (2010). From electro-rap to g-funk: A social history of rap music in Los Angeles and Compton, California. In M. Hess (Ed.), Hip hop in America: A regional guide (pp.225-255). Retrieved from

Chapter in a Book (no editor, with doi)


Westaby, J. (2012). Dynamic network theory: How social networks influence goal pursuit. In Cognition and mental health in social networks (pp.171-201). doi:10.1037/13490-005

Magazine Articles (Online)

Donnelly, S.B.  (2005, February 14).  More guns in the air.  Time, 165(13).  Retrieved from


Journal Articles (Online)


Goetz, S.J., & Shrestha, S.S. (2009). Explaining self-employment success and failure: Wal-Mart versus Starbucks, or Shrumpeter

versus Putnam. Social Science Quarterly, 90(1), 22-38. doi:10.1111/j.1540-6237.2009.00600.x


Menesini, E., Melan, E., and Pignatti, B. (2000). Interactional styles of bullies and victims obesrved in a competitive and

cooperative setting. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 161(3), 261-. Retrieved from




Newspaper Articles (Online)

Kang, C. (2012, November 4). When is a kids' online game actually an ad? Washington Post.



About malaria.  (2009).  Retrieved from  Johns Hopkins University, Johns  Hopkins Malaria Research Institute Web site:


Davis, J.L. (2007). Children and sweetened drinks: What's a parent to do? Retrieved from


Green Buddhism(2009).  Retrieved from


Malaria facts(2007, April 11).  Retrieved from Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Malaria Web site:


**Notice in the first two webpage examples above that the names of the host websites (Earth Sangha, WebMD) are not given.  In APA style the name of the host website is typically only given if the site is large and complex, such as a university web site or a government website, as seen in the third & fourth examples.