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APA Support: Reliable Websites

HSA 3111 & 4850

References

Types of reliable websites: 

Government website: 

  • URL ends in .gov  
  • Website information is overseen by the government 
  • Official communication of a government organization 

Name of Organization. (Date). Title of specific page. URL or DOI 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019, Sept. 22). Lung cancer screening guidelines and recommendations. https://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/pdf/lung-cancer-screening-recommendations-508.pdf 

 

Educational website:

 

  • Website information is overseen by an educational institution
  • URL ends in .edu  
  • Non-biased academic information 

Name of Educational Institution. (Date). Title of specific page. URL 

State College of Florida. (2020). Institutional research.  https://www.scf.edu/Administration/ InstitutionalResearch/default.asp 

 

Organizational website: 

  • URL ends in .org 
  • Website information is provided by an organization (non-governmental) 
  • Information contained must be evaluated for bias toward organization’s mission 

Name of Organization. (Date). Title of specific page. URL 

United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF). (2019, November). Global framework on transferable skills. https://www.unicef.org/media/64751/file/Global-framework-on-transferable-skills-2019.pdf  

 

In-text citations

In-text citations reliable websites

Many reliable resources published by the government, educational institutions or organizations do not have a specific author. In this case, the organization that published the resource becomes the author. 

 

(Organization, date). -parenthetical 

Organization (date) -narrative 

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020). -parenthetical
*note: following citations of the same source can be shortened to (CDC, 2020).  

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2020)…  -narrative