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APA Style Guide

 Article Citations

Some of the most common cited article formats are listed below. For more detailed examples consult the APA Manual, 6th edition.

General article format:

Author, A. A., Author B. B., & Author C. C. (1967). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Important notes:

  • If each issue of a journal begins on page 1, give the issue number in parentheses immediately after the volume number. The volume is italicized, the issue is not.
  • Include the digital object identifier (DOI) if one is included. If a DOI is included, no other retrieval information is needed. (Journal articles have DOIs; magazines and newspapers do not).
  • If no DOI is assigned, and you retrieved the journal article online, include the homepage URL for the journal, newsletter, or magazine in the reference. Use this format: Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxxx No retrieval date is needed.
  • The new version of APA states that "it is not necessary to include database information" as part of the citation (see section 7.01). Instead, the requirement is to use the URL of the journal homepage. Some professors may prefer that you always include the database information and some may have other guidelines for you to follow. The best policy is to talk to your professor and ask about the citation requirements you should follow.

Journal article with a DOI:

Calcagno, J., Crosta, P., Bailey, T., & Jenkins, D. (2007). Stepping stones to a degree: The impact of enrollment pathways and milestones on community college student outcomes. Research in Higher Education, 48, 775-801. doi: 10.1007/s11162-007-9053-8

Journal article without a DOI and retrieved online:

Reif, A., & Gaulin, L. (2010). Best practices for a reduction in force: A basic checklist. Employee Relations Journal, 35(5), 38-41. Retrieved from http://www.aspenpublishers.com

Magazine article (print):

Lowry, R. (2007, December). Cut from the same cloth. National Review, 59(22), 34-36.

Magazine article (online):

Lowry, R. (2007, December). Cut from the same cloth. National Review, 59(22), Retrieved from http://www.nationalreview.com

Newspaper article (print):

Pesquera, A. (2007, December 6). Small businesses learn, network at conference. San Antonio Express-News, p. 2E. 

Newspaper article (online):

Dillon, S. (2008, February 27). Survey finds teenagers ignorant on basic history and literature questions. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com