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HSA 3111 & 4850


Organizations and Government Entities 

As in many citation styles, APA allows that a government entity or an organization can be the author of a work.  

No author? Are you sure?

  • First check the URL.  Is it .gov, .org or .edu?
  • Second, look at the ABOUT or Copyright statement.  Usually, this is at the bottom of the page.
  • Third, don't get confused with newsletters, newspapers, and blogs.  If it is a .com and you can't find any of these items, it may be that there is no author identified. That is a different style of citation.
  • Fourth, if it has multiple authors, volume, or issue numbers it may be a journal article. Look to see if it has publication date, DOI numbers, and a referrence list.  If so, look at the page more closely to see if it is identified as a journal or magazine. That is a different citation style. 


Example: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .gov

This article has no listed author. The page "How does lead get into my tap water?" is in a section called Lead. The URL is  It was last updated 2016 and likely to updated again.  If something in APA is likely to be updated, use a retrieval date.  

In-text Citation:

For lead poisoning, "risk will vary, however, depending on the individual" (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016, para. 5).


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2016) says call your water authority immediately If the water has levels of lead above 15 ppb (para. 5).



References  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016, January). How does lead get into my tap water? Retrieved February 1, 2016, from



Example: March of Dimes  .org

This article has no author. It also has a video. You are using a section from the pagePregnancy.  There is a 2016 copyright notice at the bottom of the page.  This page is not an article or a page from a book so it is subject to be changed so use the retreival date. The URL is


In-text Citation:

To minimize pregnancy risk "the best think you can do for your baby is plan ahead.  (March of Dimes 2016, para. 1) 



The March of Dimes advocates (2016)  "get to a healthy weight, take folic acid to help prevent birth defects (para. 2).



References March of Dimes. (2016). Before or between pregnancies. Retrieved February 1, 2016 from