Since most students usually work with MLA, Chicago, or APA formatting, dealing with APSA is not so common, which often brings up confusion as to how one must cite. It stands for the American Political Science Association, which means that the papers that go along with it relate to political tasks. The APSA style can be named as a version of the Chicago style with few specific differences. As a rule, political tasks include a plethora of newspapers and articles, which is why APSA website citation also becomes a crucial part in the writing of a successful assignment.
In our particular case, it must be remembered that any journal article publication that you discover in an online database is not considered as a web resource. However, any government documents posted online, statistical information, or reports are still considered as web references.
The basic template for Bibliography goes as follows:
A Surname of the author or organization. Year. “Title of our source.” The URL (Most recent access date).
What we become in real-life citation looks this way:
Seattle Public Utilities. 2020. “Water Quality Annual Reports.” https://www.seattle.gov/utilities/about/reports/water-quality-reports (accessed September 29, 2020).
The in-text citing can go this way:
(Organization Year / Last Name Year)
See real-life examples for in-text citing:
(Seattle Public Utilities 2020)
(Mills and Stipe 2012)
(Buck, Jones, and Campbell 2004)
Things You Must Include When Citing Web Sources APSA Style
Author’s Surname or Organization.
Year of when your source has been published.
Title of your reference. It must be placed in quotation marks.
Exact URL that leads to your particular page.
If you do not know when your APSA citation website page has been updated, look at the bottom of the page to see whether you can find the last modification date.
Dealing With Different Website Sources
When you have the site that you source as your Bibliography inclusion with no particular part, follow this template:
Surname (if you have an author) or website’s name. Year. “Title of our source.” The URL (Most recent access date).
Neighborhood Scout. 2020. “New York, NY Crime Rates.” https://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ny/new-york/crime (accessed September 29, 2020).
(Neighborhood Scout 2020)
Specific Web URL
When you must cite a specific part of the site, follow this example:
Surname (if you have an author) or website’s name. Year. “Title of our source.” Website. The URL (Most recent access date).
Scouting Newsroom: About the BSA. 2015. “How Scouting is Funded.” Scoutingnewsroom.org. https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/about-the-bsa/fact-sheets/how-scouting-is-funded/
(accessed September 29, 2020).
Blog Post & Comments
Surname, First Name. Year When Our Source Has Been Published. ‘Title’. Original Blog’s Name. Full URL (Date Accessed).
Schilder, Frank. 2020. “GPT-3: The good, the bad and the ugly.” Towards Data Science. https://towardsdatascience.com/gpt-3-the-good-the-bad-and-the-ugly-5e2e5b7f0f66 (accessed 29 September, 2020).
Social Media Reference
Surname First Name or Nickname. Social Media Type. Date Posted. Time. URL.
Musk Elon. Twitter post. September 25, 2020. 10:12 a.m. https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1309390263333289986.
Citing Different Website Authors in APSA
Site With Author
Surname Last Name. Year. “Title of our source.” Website (if available). The URL (Most recent access date).