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Answered By: Jeneen LaSee-Willemssen
Last Updated: Jul 30, 2016     Views: 10705

There are a couple of ways of thinking about this question.

We could not find this issue addressed specifically in the Publication Manual itself. Therefore, if one were following normal APA procedures (and the guidance of our citation software, NoodleTools), one might create a reference that looked more or less like the one below (group author, date, title, retrieval information):

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2012). National
     Association for the Education of Young Children. Retrieved from
     http://www.naeyc.org/

If this method was chosen, the matching in-text citation might look like:

    • The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) website has a great deal of information, resources, and educational resources for those working with children age 0-8 (NAEYC, 2012). In fact, its "professional development" section has some phenomenal resources that all early childhood practitioners should be aware of including online learning opportunities, DVDs, and more (NAEYC, 2012).

If one is referring to specific parts or pieces of information from the website, then the reference would be to the individual page within the website. Below are several examples of references to specific resources within the NAEYC website:

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (n.d.). About NAEYC.
     Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/content/about-naeyc

National Association for the Education of Young Children. (2009). Where we stand
     on professional preparation standards. Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/
     files/naeyc/file/positions/programStandards.pdf


On the other hand, we did find some guidance for citing websites as a whole in two places. According to the APA website: if one is referring to website as a whole, and not a specific document of the website, it is "sufficient to give the address of the site in just the text". In addition, the 2012 Pocket Guide to APA Style (4th ed.) by Perrin (which many Rasmussen students have), agrees. It states: "if you refer to an entire professional website...you do not need to include an entry in your reference list. However, you must identify the title of the source clearly in the text of your paper (capitalized but without special punctuation) and provide the electronic address in parentheses." (p. 112).

Example:

  • The National Association for the Education of Young Children website has a great deal of information, resources, and educational resources for those working with children age 0-8 (http://www.naeyc.org).


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