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For example, let’s say we need to cite the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) website on air pollution. The citation would look like this:
Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). Air pollution. Retrieved from https://www.epa.gov/air-pollution-transportation/
Remember to always double-check your APA citations with the official APA Publication Manual or reputable online citation generators to ensure accuracy and consistency in your writing.
1. Start by identifying the author or group responsible for the website content. Look for an “About Us” or “Company Information” section on the website.
2. If you can’t find a specific author, use the name of the organization as the author in your citation.
3. The format for citing an organization’s website in APA style includes the author, publication date, page title, website name, and URL. Make sure to include all of these elements when creating your citation.
4. Use parentheses to enclose the publication date, which should be listed in year-month-day format. For example: (2021, April 15).
5. Finally, double-check your citation to make sure it follows APA rules and includes complete and accurate information. Use resources like the Purdue OWL website to ensure that you’re citing your sources correctly.
Understanding the basics of APA citation
APA citation refers to the correct way of citing or acknowledging sources used in a research paper, project or any other academic work. Proper citation helps readers to trace the sources used in the work and assess the validity and credibility of the information presented. The American Psychological Association (APA) provides guidelines for in-text citation, reference list or bibliography and other aspects of the citation process. In this article, we will discuss how to cite an organization’s website in APA format.
Identifying the necessary information on an organization’s website
To cite an organization’s website in APA, you need to include certain pieces of information. The information you need may vary depending on the type of content you are citing, but generally, you will need to include:
- The name of the organization
- The date the content was published or last updated
- The web address or URL of the content
- The title or description of the page or content
If you are citing a specific document or report on the organization’s website, you may also need to include the author, publisher, and publication information.
Formatting the citation for an organization’s website
To format an APA citation for an organization’s website, you should follow the general format for online sources. The basic format is:
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day of publication). Title of webpage/document. Website name. URL
Here’s what the basic format looks like with information from an organization’s website:
American Cancer Society. (2019, July 18). Breast cancer facts & figures. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/how-common-is-breast-cancer.html
Note that the author for this example is the organization itself. If the content is authored by an individual or group, you would include their name instead.
Examples of APA citation for different types of content on an organization’s website
National Institute on Aging. (2019, June). Global health and aging. https://www.nia.nih.gov/research/publication/global-health-and-aging
Note: When citing a government report, use the name of the agency as the author.
American Heart Association. (2019, July 30). Physical activity and exercise. https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/fitness/fitness-basics/physical-activity-and-exercise
Note: When citing a non-profit website, use the name of the organization as the author.
Nike, Inc. (2019). Nike purpose. https://purpose.nike.com/
Note: When citing a corporate website, use the name of the company as the author.
Tips for ensuring accuracy and consistency in APA citations
Here are some tips for ensuring accuracy and consistency in APA citations:
- Double-check that you have included all required information for the type of content you are citing
- Use the correct capitalization and punctuation for the title of the webpage or document
- Use proper formatting for dates, including the full name of the month and a comma after the year
- Make sure the web address or URL is complete and accurate
- Use italics for webpage titles and document titles
- Use proper capitalization for website names and publisher names
Avoiding plagiarism when citing an organization’s website
Proper citation is essential to avoid plagiarism, which is the act of using someone else’s work without giving them credit. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and can result in failing grades, suspension, or expulsion from a program. In APA citation, you should always cite any sources used in your work, including sources from an organization’s website. If you use direct quotes or paraphrases from the website, you should include in-text citations. You should also include a reference list or bibliography at the end of your work that includes all sources used.
Frequently asked questions about citing an organization’s website in APA
How do I cite an entire website in APA?
To cite an entire website in APA, use the name of the organization or website as the author, followed by the year and URL. Example: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018). https://www.cdc.gov/
How do I cite an article on an organization’s website?
To cite an article on an organization’s website, use the name of the organization as the author, followed by the year, title of the article or page, and URL. Example: National Institute of Mental Health. (2019). Coping with traumatic events. https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/coping-with-traumatic-events/index.shtml
What if there is no date for the content I am citing?
If there is no date for the content you are citing, use the abbreviation “n.d.” for “no date” in the place where the year would normally go. For example: American Cancer Society. (n.d.). Breast cancer facts & figures. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/breast-cancer/about/how-common-is-breast-cancer.html