This page contains a reference example for a Wikipedia entry.

Oil painting. (2019, December 8). In Wikipedia.


  • Parenthetical citation: (“Oil Painting,” 2019)
  • Narrative citation: “Oil Painting” (2019)
  • Use this format to cite any wiki page, including pages for Wikipedia entries.
  • If you are a student, ask your professor whether Wikipedia is an appropriate source for you to use in your paper. Wikipedia reports information from other sources, making it a secondary source. Many professors prefer that students cite primary sources.
  • When citing Wikipedia, cite an archived version of a Wikipedia page so that readers can retrieve the version you used.
  • Access the archived version on Wikipedia by selecting “View history” and then the time and date of the version you used.
  • If a wiki does not provide permanent links to archived versions of the page, include the URL for the entry and a retrieval date.

Wikipedia references are covered in Section 10.3 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition

Date created: February 2020