Example APA Style: Wikipedia

Wikipedia can be a useful and fast tool to gain knowledge about a topic. However, it is not desirable to use Wikipedia as a source for your dissertation. If you want to refer to Wikipedia anyway, according to the APA Style you need to use the same notation as for a normal internet source .

Because Wikipedia articles can change from time to time, it’s important that you record the date on which you retrieved the Wikipedia page.

Wikipedia article
APA-formatWikipediaEntry. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved Month day, Year, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/entry
In reference listThesis. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved August 6, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thesis
In the text
  • According to Wikipedia the definition of ‘thesis’ is different in every country (Wikipedia, n.d., para 1).
  • According to Wikipedia (n.d., para 1) the definition of ‘thesis’ is different in every country.
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