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How do I reference a specific section of a website, such as a web page, in APA style?

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For information on the difference between a website and a web page, please see "What a Tangled Web: Website Versus Web Page" from the APA Style Blog.

Specific Section of Website (e.g., Web Page)

Royal Roads University. (2013). Create a preliminary document plan. Retrieved from http://library.royalroads.ca/writing-centre/writing-essay-start-here/create-preliminary-document-plan

Specific Section of Website, No Identified Author, No Date

Leadership. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://management.about.com/od/leadership/Leadership.htm

  • In-text citation: (“Leadership”, n.d., para. X)

Information Retrieved from a Website (no specific example available)

If you have searched WriteAnswers by keyword and consulted APA Style materials but have not been able to find an appropriate example to follow to create your reference, please see "How to Cite Something You Found on a Website in APA Style" from the APA Style Blog for more information. Note that as per "When Do You Include a Retrieval Date in a Citation?", including a retrieval date in the reference is only necessary when the source material may change over time (e.g., wiki).

Entire Website (Not a Specific Document)

Cite the website in the text. For example, “Royal Roads University has many great pictures on the university’s website (http://www.royalroads.ca/about-rru/life-at-rru/hatley-park/image-gallery-02.htm)”. Refer to "How Do You Cite an Entire Website (But Not a Specific Document on That Site)?" for more information regarding this type of citation.

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