APA Style for Documenting Online Resources

The following very basic guidelines are the Spangler Library's interpretation of the American Psychological Association's guidelines for citing electronic publications as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Fifth Edition. The intent of this site is only to assist our students with the basic format for citing electronic resources, and not to replace the actual APA Manual. Please consult the official APA Web site, or the APA Manual for more detailed information. Copies can be found in the Spangler Library under the Call Number BF 76.7 .P82 2001.

Citing a Web page:

Author, A.A. (date). Title of work. Retrieved month day, year, from source.


Hoemann, George H. & Myers, M. E. (2000, Sept. 26). The American Civil War Home page. Retrieved September 26, 2000, from University of Tennessee Web site: http://sunsite.utk.edu/civil-war/warweb.html.

Citing an article from an online database service accessed through the library, such as EBSCOhost, or Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe:

Author/editor. (Date).Title of article. Journal Title, Volume, Issue, Pages. Retrieved month day, year, from Database Name.


Webster-Stratton, C. (1990). Stress: A disruptor of parent perceptions and family interactions.
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 19, 302-312. Retrieved November 16, 2001, from EBSCOhost database.

Committee on Public Education. (2001). Media violence. Pediatrics 2001, 108, 1222-1226. Retrieved November 19, 2001, from Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe database.