Answered By: Alyssa Mitchell Last Updated: Aug 08, 2016 Views: 56538
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)
- what does n.d mean?
- 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!
- how insert the date? only the year? should we also include the day and the month?
- @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, http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/10/how-to-cite-wikipedia-in-apa-style.html.
- Where can I find the DOI on Wikipedia
- @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.