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Citing Online Sources APA Style

For in-text citations, substitute Internet text divisions for page numbers

Internet sources are rarely marked with page numbers. This will occasionally prevent you from showing exactly where cited material comes from when you are citing a direct quotation. If a source has internal divisions, use these instead of page numbers. Examples include the introduction and the topic headings.

In the following example, the citation is taken from the part of the document with the header Coda: A Note on the Decentered Text.

J. McGann (1996, May 6) believes that even decentered hypertexts are nevertheless always ordered: “To say that a HyperText is not centrally organized does not mean—at least does not mean to me—that the HyperText structure has no governing order(s), even at a theoretical level.” (Coda: A Note on the Decentered Text).

Example Works Cited Entries

World Wide Web Site

To document a file available for viewing via the World Wide Web, provide the following information:

  • Author’s name (if known)
  • Date of publication or last revision (if known), in parentheses
  • Title of document
  • Title of complete work (if applicable), underlined
  • URL, in angle brackets
  • Date of access, in parentheses


McGann, J. (1996, May 6). The Rationale of HyperText. <> (1996, May 27).

Shade, L. R. (1993). Gender issues in computer networking. <> (1996. May 28).

Also see Citing On Line with APA.

The information on this page is from:
Harnack, Andrew and Kleppinger, Eugene. (1996).
Online! a reference guide to using internet sources. New York: St. Martin's Press.

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