Seattle Pacific College


THIS TUTORIAL COVERS citing web resources in American Political Science Association format. AT THE END OF THIS TUTORIAL YOU WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH how a correct web citation in APSA will look. This citation format works for all types of material published to the web, such as blog posts, pdfs or web pages. For journal articles found through databases, use the journal format.

Citation List

Start with the author or authors. Last name comma first name. Any subsequent authors are first name, then last name. Put a period at the end of the authors’ names. If the resource doesn’t have a person’s name attached to it, you can use the name of the corporate body responsible for the website.

Next is the publication year. All four digits, followed by a period. If you can’t find a publication or upload year, the year that the site was last updated will work.

Then comes the title of the page, document, blog post, etc. This is in quotation marks.

After that, put the url in parentheses. It’s a good idea to copy and paste the url from your browser into your citation list, because it is very easy to make mistakes in typing out urls. A mistake in a url makes it unusable for anyone who wants to find your source to read for themselves.

Last is the date you retrieved the material. This is important to note because web materials can be easily altered; noting when you retrieved the material tells your readers that you may have used a previous version of the document [than the one they might see.]

Be sure to use the correct punctuation – periods, colons, quotation marks – as seen here, to help keep the different pieces of the citation separate.

The citations in your list should be organized alphabetically by author’s last name.