How to Reference Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Using APA Format

by Kristie Sweet, Demand Media

Papers and publications in the sciences and social or behavioral sciences typically use APA style. These types of papers often discuss health issues, so the "Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition" gives specific guidelines for citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC.


APA style requires you to write out the name of an organization in full the first time you use it in the body of the paper. Since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a long name and one that many of your readers should be familiar with, you will use the acronym CDC, with no periods between letters, for subsequent references to the organization throughout the body of the paper. You will not place the acronym in parentheses after the first mention of the whole name.


Pages on the CDC site or pieces published from the CDC may list no specific author. In these cases, you should use the CDC as the author of the piece on the references list and in-text citations. Spell out the entire name anywhere it appears on the References page, regardless of whether you indicate it as an author, publisher or name of a Web page. If you credit the CDC as an author, alphabetize the entry on the References list according to "Centers," the first word in the organization's name.

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Kristie Sweet has been writing professionally since 1982, most recently publishing for various websites on topics like health and wellness, and education. She holds a Master of Arts in English from the University of Northern Colorado.

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