APA Style, 6th Edition

HOW TO CITE A WIKI (E.G. WIKIPEDIA)

Wikipedia is an anonymous encyclopedia that should used with CAUTION. It is NOT as CREDIBLE as other academic sources available through the library. Only use Wikipedia if: (1) You need a quick fact or simple piece of information; and (2) Your instructor has approved of its use in assignments.

 

Find more reliable information in these databases:

APA GUIDELINES & EXAMPLES:

Proper Format:

Title of entry in sentence case. (Date of publication or "n.d." if unclear). Retrieved current date of access, from http://website.com/full

Formatted Example:

Scientific method. (n.d.). Retrieved November 21, 2014 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

Guidelines:

  • Since the authorship is unclear, move the entry title to the author position
  • Use "sentence-style" capitalization for entry titles
  • Copy and paste the website address (URL) to create a retrieval statement

For more help citing websites, see this chart from the official APA website. 

There are two options for citing this source in-text:

1) Name of organization, date of publication (or n.d. if unclear), and page number(s) are placed in brackets at the end of the sentence. When there are no page numbers, refer to the paragraph number or heading within the text

("Scientific method", n.d., "Classical model").

2) Alternatively, the citation may be integrated into the sentence with a signal phrase and narrative. If lengthy, abbreviate the organization or group name:

According to Wikipedia (n.d.), Aristotle established three forms of scientific inquiry: abductive, deductive, and inductive ("Scientific method","Classical model"). 


APA rules for in-text citation change depending on the number/type of author(s)Count the authors and follow the rule below:

Work with ONE author
Work with TWO authors
Work with THREE to FIVE authors
Work with SIX or more authors
Work with a GROUP, ORGANIZATION or CORPORATE author
Work with NO author specified
INTERVIEW or PRESENTATION (Unpublished)
SECONDARY SOURCE (A source found inside a source)
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Citation elements in correct order:  
1.  Title of wiki entry:  Scientific Method
2.  Publication date:   n.d.
3.  Retrieval date:  November 21, 2014
4.  URL:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_method

 

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