When you come across a relevant article published on a website, you may want to include that as a source for your APA paper. Unfortunately, many times online articles may not have an author byline. In that case, you will need to use the title of the article in place of the author’s name. Although, it is acceptable to include information from sources with no author listed, make sure it is, at least, listed on a reliable website, such as a government, university or reputable organization. There are many sources available to find free primary sources online.
Creating Citations for Online Articles
Even if you do not know the author’s name or even the date of an online article, you can still cite them in your paper and the reference list.
If no date available, use n.d.
Many times, especially in local newspapers, articles are printed as staff articles or without any author’s name listed. In this case, place the title of the article in the first element.
Note: Use first few words if it’s a long title. Use full title if it’s short enough.
Evaluating Online Articles
Your research focus should be on finding authoritative sources. One way to establish authority is to know the author’s name and professional background. For example, if you find an article advising how to treat a medical condition, you would certainly want to know the author’s credentials before following any advice. If you’re writing a short essay with a few references, or a long, involved research paper, it is fine to use sources like online articles with no authors as long as you include solid, authoritative primary and secondary sources to back up your research.
Although you may find articles with no author listed on reputable sites, like local newspapers or even national news organizations, it is better to establish the authority of your article by using sources written by established authors. If you find a random article that seems ‘formula’ created with no listed author or references, bypass that source and find a better one.