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


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 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 website address.


Web document: no author, with date:

More tests needed before Michigan city gets water back. (2018). Retrieved from website address.

To find other examples, visit the APA Help guide.

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  • Last Updated May 08, 2019
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