Answered By: Alyssa Mitchell
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016     Views: 73757

When citing Wikipedia in-text, all you need is the article title. This is because Wikipedia is a collaborative website and there is no author or published date. The citation, which will be in parentheses, will have the title of the page or article in quotations. In place of the published date the common practice is to use n.d., which stands for no date.

To put an in-text citation for Wikipedia in APA, you would use the following format: ("Title of article," n.d.)

An example would be:

("World War II," n.d.)

If you want to direct your reader to a specific section of the Wikipedia article, you can include the paragraph number at the end of your citation. For example:

("World War II," n.d., para. 5)

Comments (6)

  1. what does n.d mean?
    by a student on May 31, 2018.
  2. A student,

    N.d. is the abbreviation for the phrase no date and is used when there is no publication date for a source. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
    by Alyssa Mitchell on May 31, 2018.
  3. how insert the date? only the year? should we also include the day and the month?
    by Jack Tuen on Aug 18, 2018.
  4. @Jack Tuen - According to APA style, you technically don't need a publication date since Wikipedia is a collaborative website that results in changes on the various pages on a frequent basis. That being said, it is recommended to include the retrieval date in your reference page citation. For more information, check out the APA Style Blog,
    by Alyssa Mitchell on Aug 21, 2018.
  5. Where can I find the DOI on Wikipedia
    by Sara on Oct 15, 2018.
  6. @Sara - some articles have DOIs and some do not. If a DOI is included use it, otherwise don't worry. A website would not have a DOI.
    by Katie Hutchison on Oct 15, 2018.

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