Articles

The examples found in the APA section are based on the style guide Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed., 2010 and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, 6th ed., 2012.

Journal article from a library database (with DOI)

Format:

If the article has a DOI, include “doi:” at the end of the citation followed by the string of characters. If the DOI is in the form of a URL (http://dx.doi.org/xxxx) don’t include the “doi:” There is no period at the end of the citation.

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue, if available), page numbers. doi:xx.xxxxx

Example:

Marchetti-Mercer, M. C. (2012). Those easily forgotten: The impact of emigration on those left behind. Family Process, 51(3), 376-390. doi:10.1111/j.1545-5300.2012.01407.x

Journal article from a library database (without DOI)

If the article does not have a DOI simply add the title of the database.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), page numbers. Retrieved from Title of Database.

Example:

Melton, B. F., Langdon, J. & McDaniel, T. (2013).  Sleep trends and college students: Does it connect to obesity? College Student Journal46(3), 429-436. Retrieved from Academic Search Elite.

Journal article from the Web

Format:

If the article has a DOI, include “doi:” at the end of the citation followed by the string of characters. If the DOI is in the form of a URL (http://dx.doi.org/xxxx) don’t include the “doi:” There is no period at the end of the citation.

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages. doi:xx.xxxx

If the article does not have a DOI, replace that section of the citation with the web address (URL) of the article. (Retrieved from http://xxxxxxxx).

Examples:

Soininen, J. (2014). A quantitative analysis of species sorting across organisms and ecosystems. Ecology, 95(12), 3284–3292. http://dx.doi.org/10.1890/13-2228.1

Abebe, T. (2009). Orphanhood, poverty and the care dilemma: Review of global policy trends. Social Work and Society: The International Online Journal,  7(1), 70-85. Retrieved from http://www.socwork.net/sws/article/view/46/348

Journal article in print format

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), pages.

Note if the article has a DOI assigned to it, include it at the end of the citation: doi:xxxxxxxxx

Example:

Maggio, J. C., White, W. G., Jr., Molstad, S., & Kher, N. (2005). Prefreshman summer programs’ impact on student achievement and retention. Journal of Developmental Education, 29(2), 2-33.

Magazine article from a library database

Give the year and month for monthly magazines, and year, month, day for weekly magazines. Include the name of the database at the end of the citation.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Magazine, Volume(Issue, if available), pages. Retrieved from Title of Database Title.

Example:

Banting, K., Johnston, R., Kymlicka, W., & Soroka, S. (2011, Winter). Are diversity and solidarity incompatible? Inroads, (28), 36-48. Retrieved from CBCA Complete.

Magazine article from the Web

Give the year and month for monthly magazines, and year, month, day for weekly magazines.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Magazine, Volume(Issue)Retrieved from http://xxxxxxx

Example:

Lang, J. (2013, January-February). Awakening. The Atlantic Magazine. Retrieved from http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/awakening/309188/

Magazine article in print format

Give the year and month for monthly magazines, and year, month, day for weekly magazines.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Magazine, Volume(Issue), pages.

Example:

Brega, I. (2014, February/March). Made in Italy. National Geographic Traveler, 31(1), 41-48.

Newspaper article from a library database

Give the year, month and day for the date of publication. Use p. or pp. before the page numbers. Finish the citation with the title of the database.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Newspaper, pages. Retrieved from Title of Database.

Example:

Fossum, D. (2012, October 30). Festival aims to promote indigenous languages. Leader Post, p. A5. Retrieved from Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies.

Newspaper article from the Web

Give the year, month and day for the date of publication.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from http://xxxxxx

Example:

Klass, P. (2012, June 11). The makings of our earliest memories. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Newspaper article in print format

Give the year, month and day for the date of publication. Use p. or pp. before the page numbers.

Format:

Author Last Name, Initials. (Date of publication). Title of article. Title of Newspaper, pages.

Example:

Munro, M. (2012, June 7). Biosphere reaching tipping point: Report. Edmonton Journal, p. A8.

Editorial or unsigned articles

Put the title in the author position and then continue in the same way as you would for that type of article. If it’s an editorial include [Editorial] after the title.

Example:

Proportional representation: It’s time to talk [Editorial]. (2012, September 13). The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved from http://www.montrealgazette.com/index.html

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Other Resources

For more examples visit the OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University.

Guide to formatting in APA style using Word (Northeast Wisconsin Technical College).