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how do i cite apa style a postion statement from a webcite

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Answered By: Linda Kern
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2016     Views: 38

Hello!

The format will depend on the source. Are you looking at a web page on an organization's web site? If so, it would be formatted this way (don't forget the hanging indent; I can't do that here):

U. S. Department of Education. (2010). Position statement on blah, blah. Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/position_statements/blah-blah

The organization's name goes first, followed by the date the position statement was adopted. Next is the title of the web page. Capitalize only the first word, first word after any punctuation (like a colon in the middle of the title) and proper nouns. Don't italicize anything. This is followed by "retrieved from" and paste in the web address.

If the position paper is part of a report issued by the organization, it will often be posted as a separate PDF document. Reports are formatted like this:

U. S. Department of Education. (2010). Position statement on blah, blah (DOE Publication No. 1-1234). Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/position_statements/blah-blah

The difference from the web page is that the title is italicized and the report or publication number is added.

If the position paper names the authors, do this:

Doe, J. J., & Smith, R. (2010). Position statement on blah, blah (DOE Publication No. 1-1234). Retrieved from http://www.ed.gov/position_statements/blah-blah

Thanks for asking a librarian!

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