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APA (7/e) Style Guide

A guide to help users create citations in APA (American Psychological Association) 7 style.

A Note on Online Resources

Chapter 10 sections 10.15-10.16 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition is dedicated to formatting online resources in your reference list. What is presented here is a brief overview on some of this topic based on the rules found in the manual. For more details and exceptions to the rules, be sure to reference the manual.

General Online Resource Format

  • Complete information on what to include in an online resource (whether in analog or digital format) citation can be found in sections 10.15-10.16 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Seventh Edition.
  • Below is the general format of a reference citation for a webpage/website:

Author Last Name, Author First Initial. Author Middle Initial. (Date). Title of the work. Site Name. URL

Online Resource Examples

NOTE: When the author and site name are the same, you only have to include the name in the author name section. (10.16, p. 350)

EXAMPLES

Burnett, Ava-joye. (2019, November 11). Maryland seeing widespread flu activity, CDC says. CBS Baltimore. https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/11/11/maryland-seeing-widespread-flu-activity-cdc-says/

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2018, September 27). Influenza in animals. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/other/index.html

Howard, J. (2019, October 28). Facebook launches new tool to help you get health tests and screenings. CNN. https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/28/health/facebook-health-preventive-tool-wellness-bn/index.html

New York State Department of Health. (2019, November). Influenza activity, surveillance and reports. https://www.health.ny.gov/diseases/communicable/influenza/surveillance/

World Health Organization. (2018, November 6). Influenza (seasonal). https://www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/influenza-(seasonal)

NOTE: Social media posts don't usually have titles, so the title portion of a social media post citation consists of the post's content up to the first 20 words. Do NOT change the spelling and capitalization of the post. (10.15, p. 348)

EXAMPLES

New York Medical College [@nymedcollege]. (2019, October 31). Is there a happy #caffeine medium between being overstimulated and wiped out? Stephen J. Ferrando, M.D., The Har Esh Professor [Thumbnail with link attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/nymedcollege/status/1190003051035287558

NYMC Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences. (2019, November 11). New York Medical College's Graduate Schools of Basic Medical Sciences will be participating in the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NYMCGSBMS/photos/a.696843837008711/3134912539868483/?type=3&theater

NYMC Library [@nymclibrary]. (2019, September 24). The @TouroLibraries 2018 Faculty Publications Bibliography is out! Don't forget our Faculty Author Celebration Wednesday, September 25 at 4 p.m. [Image attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/nymclibrary/status/1176511914412838913

NYMC School of Health Sciences and Practice & Institute of Public Health. (2019, October 31). Join us on Tuesday, November 12 for the 2019 Public Health Care Mentoring Session for an opportunity to network and [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NYMCSHSP/photos/a.679839318747773/2675482089183476/?type=3&theater

NYMC School of Medicine. (2019, October 28). Class of 2023 White Coat Ceremony. #NYMC #NYMCSOM #whitecoat #medschool #futuredoctor #futuredoctors [Video]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/NYMCSchoolofMedicine/videos/531140827460808/