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APA 6th Edition - Copenhagen Business School: Basic web page

How to reference with APA

Basic web page

In-text citation (Paraphrase) 
(Beard, 2006)
 
In-text citation (Quotation)
(Beard, 2006, para. 12)
 
Reference List
Beard, M. (2006). The fall of the Roman Republic. Retrieved from http://www.bbc.co.uk
 
/history/ancient/romans/fallofromanrepublic_article_01.shtml
 
Format:
Personal or Corporate Author. (Last update or copyright date; if not known, put n.d.).

      Title of specific document. Retrieved from URL of specific document

Tips for citing web pages

It is always important to validate a website before using it in your academic work.

Author

It can sometimes be difficult to find out who the author of a website is. Remember that an author can be a corporation or group, not only a specific person. Author information can sometimes be found under an "About" section on a website.

If there is no known author, start the citation with the title of the website instead.

Date

When citing sources that you find on the Internet you only need to include a retrieval date if the information you viewed is likely to change over time.  If you reference an article from a wiki, for example, you would want to include a retrieval date because information in a wiki can be subject to a lot of change.

The best date to use for a website is the date that the content was last updated. Otherwise look for a copyright or original publication date. Unfortunately this information may not be provided or may be hard to find. Often date information is put on the bottom of the pages of a website.

If you do not know the complete date, put as much information as you can find. For example you may have a year but no month or day.

If there is no date provided, put the letters (n.d.) in round brackets where you'd normally put the date.

Title

Titles should be italicized when the document stands alone (e.g. books, reports, websites, etc.), but not when it is part of a greater whole (e.g. chapters, articles, webpages, etc.).

Retrieval Date

If the content of a website is likely to change over time (e.g. Wikis), you must provide the date you last visited the website.

Entire professional website

If you refer to an entire professional website, you do not need to include an entry in the reference list. You must identify the title of the source clearly in the text of your paper (capitalised but without special punctuation) and provide the electronic address in brackets. However, when you cite a particular document or piece of information from a website include both a reference list entry and an in-text citation.

Long URLs

If a URL is too long to fit onto one line, try to break it at a slash (/).

Helpers

Printable Guide

Mendeley

Mendeley is referencing software which allows you to:

  • store references
  • organise references
  • generate citations
  • generate reference lists
  • share references

To get a Mendeley account on the CBS Library Institutional Licence please visit CBS Mendeley Guide

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