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APA Citation Style: Magazine/Journals/Databases

Cite a printed article

Journals with an issue number

  • Format:   Author, A.A. (Published date). Title of the article.  Title of workvolume number (issue  number), page number.
  • Example: Swedin, E. G.  (2006, May/June). Designing babies: A eugenics race with China? The Futurist, 40, 18-21.
  • Parenthetical Citation example: (Swedin, 2006, p.19.)

Journal or Magazine Article without an issue number.

  • Format:   Author, A.A. (Published date). Title of the article.  Title of work, volume number, page number.
  • Example: Georges, J.  (2000, June). The Human Gene? Science, 29 (12), 118-121.
  • Parenthetical Citation example: (Georges, 2000,  p.118.)

Cite an article from a database

Databases will cite an article for you. Look on the page for a link to Cite your document. Many databases default to MLA style. Make sure you choose the APA Citation style. 

If there is no citation, follow the print format and add the database title.

 

Example:  Jacoby, W. G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.

Cite an article from the internet

Some articles online will have a DOI. A digital object identifier (DOI) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet (APA).

Online Article with a DOI:

Format: Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), pp. Page(s). doi:#

Example: Davis, E. (1992). New chapters in American history. The Science News-Letter, 22(605), 306-307. doi: 10.2307/3907973

Parenthetical Example: (Davis, 1992)

 

Online Article without a DOI:

Format: Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), pp. Page(s). Retrieved from URL.

Example: Jacoby, W. G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361. Retrieved from http://www.americanjournal.org

Parenthetical Example: (Jacoby, 1994)