Q. I'm doing an essay and I'm on a website and was wondering if I could still use it as a reference, but it does not have an author

Answer

Without knowing the assignment or what website you are thinking of using as a source, it's hard to tell for certain whether the website is an appropriate resource.  Most reliable sources of information list their authors or editors, so it is probably safer to choose a different source. If the Instructor has asked for scholarly or peer-reviewed information, then a different source would be recommended.

The Online Resources - Subject List is an excellent place to look for reliable information.

If you decide that the website you found is an appropriate resource for your assignment, then use this format for citing a website with no author listed:

Title of website. (Date). Retrieved from http://www...

Example:

Web document: no author, with date:

More tests needed before Ohio city gets water back. (2014). Retrieved from http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/08/03/toledo-tells-residents-not-to-drink-water-due-to-presence-toxins/

To find other examples, visit the APA Help guide.

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