Q. I am wondering how to cite a PDF file from a website? Is it cited like a brochure might be? Thank you!


Thank you for your question about citing a pdf from a website.

The answer is that it depends on what the pdf is representing.  If it is a brochure, you will cite it like a brochure; if it is a journal article, you will cite it like a journal article.  If it doesn't fit into any other category, you may cite it as a website.  No matter which type of source it is, you will need to end it with a "Retrieved from" statement with the website.

Here's an example from the APA Help guide of how to cite a brochure from the internet.


Centers for Disease Control. (n.d.) Antibiotics aren't always the answer [Brochure]. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/campaign-materials/print-materials/brochure-answer.pdf

Paraphrase: (Centers for Disease Control, n.d.).
Quotation: (Centers for Disease Control, n.d., p. 2).

For more examples, visit the APA Help guide and click on References & In-Text Citation Examples.

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  • Last Updated Jan 30, 2018
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