According to APA 7th Edition guidelines you need to find out as much information as you can about who created and published a source and when. You communicate this to your audience through in-text and Reference List citations which your readers can look up themselves.
Recommended sources for help with APA style guidelines:
Below are a just a few examples of APA citations. There are many situations which you might run into that don't fit the formats listed below - for more help visit the APA website to learn about specific rules and tips!
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of the article.
Name of the Periodical, volume(issue), #–#. https://doi.org/xxxx
Albert, R., McKnight, A. G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Thoughts in literature: A review
of literature that presents ethnic and racial representation in groups across Oregon.
Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(4), 210–217.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Copyright Year). Title of the book (6th ed.).
Publisher. DOI or URL
Sapolsky, R. M. (2017). Behave: The biology of humans at our best and worst.
Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date Published). Title of the webpage.
Publisher of the Website. URL
Kuzmich, F. D. (2019, April 1). Nursing mental health. OER Commons.
Author, A. A., & Author B, B,. (Date Published). Title of news article.
Newspaper Publisher. URL
Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York Times.
Many databases and article collections, plus many e-books, will automatically create citations for whichever article or chapter you are viewing.
Look for a “Cite,” “CiteNow,” or “Cite This Item” button on the database record for the specific article or chapter.
(Not all databases have this feature)
Examples of citation buttons:
EBSCOhost databases (e.g., CINAHL)
APA style requires that a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) be included in your citation, if available. To see if a journal article has been assigned a DOI, you can look it up on CrossRef or Ask a Librarian.
For more information about the DOI system, see http://www.doi.org.