APA reference a whole website
June 27, 2010 9:15 PM   Subscribe

[APA citation filter] where and how do I refer to an entire website?

I'm handing in a report that studies/compares/discusses a few websites. I do not need to quote anything from the sites themselves, but I need to make the URL clear somewhere in the report. I cannot figure out if I create a reference list entry for each of the sites, or just place the URLs parenthetically in the text? So far I've been treating them as references, and when I refer to the website I have been adding its author and date in parentheses after the website title.

ie: The Classroom Tools website (Chapman, 2010) is an example of Web 1.0

Can anyone find me some guidelines for this? I'm at a loss, and the owl isn't helping.
posted by tamarack to Writing & Language (4 answers total)
Best answer: From APA:

When citing an entire website, it is sufficient to give the address of the site in just the text.

Kidspsych is a wonderful interactive website for children (http://www.kidspsych.org).

(adapted from the sixth edition of the APA Publication Manual, © 2010)

posted by fifilaru at 9:24 PM on June 27, 2010

Response by poster: Hilarious! Thanks @fifilaru! I don't know how my desperate searching did not turn up the answer from APA itself... I'm embarrassed, but I'll chalk it up to deadline panic :)
posted by tamarack at 9:25 PM on June 27, 2010 [1 favorite]

In addition to what fifilaru has said, if you want to include a reference list entry for each, I would try the formula on the OWL for "Nonperiodical Web Document, Web Page, or Report."
posted by TrarNoir at 9:26 PM on June 27, 2010

I have been to a few big name for profit schools and have always used Son of Citation generator without issue. I can't guarantee it's accuracy but it has worked well for me.


posted by durgan at 8:34 AM on June 28, 2010

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