This is a guide to the 7th Edition of APA style, which is a recent update to the APA citation style.
Your lecturer may prefer APA 6th Edition. Check your subject outline to see which version of APA you have been asked to use. If the subject outline does not specify which APA edition you should be using, please check with your lecturer.
If you are supposed to use APA 6th Edition, please go to the APA (6th Edition) Referencing Guide:
When URL is long or complex you may use a short version of the URL.
Use a site such as Bitly URL Shortener to create manageable URL's
*Both URL's will access the same document
Pattern for Web Page:
Author, A. A. (Date). Title of web page. Publisher/Site sponsor name. URL
Show the website date in the fullest form available
When the author name and publisher name are the same omit the publisher name from the reference
In-Text only use the author and Year (James Cook University, 2019).
Department of Education. (2020, April 22). Physical activity and health. Queensland Government. https://education.qld.gov.au/curriculum/learning-at-home/physical-activity-and-health
James Cook University. (2019). Borrow and renew. https://www.jcu.edu.au/library/loans
Grima, B. (2019, September 30). A 60,000-year-old cure for depression. BBC. http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20190929-a-60000-year-old-cure-for-depression
Waratah Wynyard Council. (n.d.). Location of public toilets. http://www.warwyn.tas.gov.au/page.aspx?u=266
NB: This pattern is also used for documents downloaded from websites, such as PDFs:
Queensland Health. (2019, April 4). Influenza (The flu). Queensland Government. http://conditions.health.qld.gov.au/HealthCondition/media/pdf/14/217/82/influenza-the-flu-v24
Queensland Health. (2016, July 26). Food safety fact sheet 51: Food allergies. Queensland Government. http://www.health.qld.gov.au/foodsafety/Documents/fs-51-allergies.pdf
If you are taking information from the website or web document, then you must cite the information as per the instructions given above.
However, if you are simply referring to the fact that the website exists, then you include the URL for the home page in text, and you do not include an entry in your reference list.
Queensland Health maintains a website which offers advice on clinical practice (https://www.health.qld.gov.au/clinical-practice) that can be a good resource for health workers.
Please note: This is only done when you are not using any information from the site. If you are not sure whether you can simply give the URL in text, or if you should cite the web resource with a proper in-text citation and an entry in your reference list, ask your librarian for assistance.
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