I'm trying to cite Wikipedia according to modern APA 7 standards. According to the Purdue Owl Wikipedia is a special case, by default biblatex-apa will reference Wikipedia like this:

Register Transfer Language. (2021). Wikipedia.

When it should be like this:

Register Transfer Language. (February 1, 2021). In Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Register_transfer_language&oldid=1003495175

A detail that isn't clear by simply looking at the citations is that the date should be the access date, not publishing date.

My bib entry looks like this:

   title = "{Register Transfer Language}",
   publisher = "Wikipedia",
   year = "2021",
   howpublished = {\url{http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Register\%20transfer\%20language&oldid=1003495175}},

And my simple Latex template looks like this:


\usepackage[left=1in, right=1in, bottom=1in, top=1in]{geometry}
\usepackage[colorlinks=true, allcolors=blue]{hyperref}
    \rhead{Lastname, \thepage}
\usepackage{xurl} % Better URL management than regular URL.

\usepackage[style=apa,backend=biber]{biblatex} % Biber
\usepackage[colorlinks=true, allcolors=blue]{hyperref}
\usepackage{color} %red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, magenta, black, white
\definecolor{mygreen}{RGB}{28,172,0} % color values Red, Green, Blue

% Sans-Serif Font
\newfontface{\headingfont}{Linux Biolinum O}

% Master references file. 

% Serif Font
\setmainfont{Times New Roman}

% For programming languages.
  morekeywords=[2]{1}, keywordstyle=[2]{\color{black}},
  showstringspaces=false,%without this there will be a symbol in the places where there is a space
  numberstyle={\color{black}},% size of the numbers
  numbersep=9pt, % this defines how far the numbers are from the text
  emph=[1]{for,end,break},emphstyle=[1]\color{red}, %some words to emphasise
  % title=\lstname


\def\theteacher{#1: #2}


%Title Info

%Renewing commands continued






My LaTeX engine is LuaLaTex and I'm using Biber.

1 Answer 1


biblatex-apa has an extensive example .bib file which includes many examples from the APA manual. For Wikipedia articles have a look at the entry 10.3:49 (ll. 1299-1305 in biblatex-apa-test-references.bib)

% (APA 10.3 Example 49)
  TITLE          = {List of Oldest Companies},
  BOOKTITLE      = {Wikipedia},
  URL            = {https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_oldest_companies&oldid=878158136},
  DATE           = {2019-01-13}

I would only change one thing here: Like you I prefer the type @inreference instead of @inbook.


\usepackage[backend=biber, style=apa]{biblatex}

   title     = {Register Transfer Language},
   booktitle = {Wikipedia},
   date      = {2021-01-29},
   url       = {http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Register%20transfer%20language&oldid=1003495175},

Lorem \autocite{sigfridsson,wiki:rtl}


Register transfer language. (2021, January 29). In Wikipedia. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Register%20transfer%20language&oldid=1003495175

  • This is perfect, did not know about the example .bib file. Thanks a lot.
    – ryan
    Commented Feb 2, 2021 at 7:46

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