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APA: Journals & magazine articles

Basic guidelines for citations in APA.

In Text Citations

Inside your paper, give credit to the works you quote.

See examples of how to tell your readers where facts, paraphrases, or quotes in your paper come from at this site from the Purdue Owl, and their page specifically about citing author/author's names in text.


Basic Journal/Magazine Article Citation

Author's Last Name, Author's First Initial. Author's Middle Initial. (Year,

        Month/Date/Season*). Title of article. Title of Journal/Magazine,

        (Issue), Page(s). doi:xx.xxxxxxx

*Journal article references include only the year of publication unless more information would be necessary to find the article.

Digital Object Identifiers

Not every article will have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number in the reference citation.

The DOI is an alphanumeric string that is assigned to some electronic articles, and if it appears in the citation information for an article you are citing from an electronic source, it should be included. Reference citations without a DOI will look the same as the example citation above, but without "doi:xx.xxxxxxxx".

If no DOI is assigned to an article, but you retrieved the article online, be sure to include the URL for the page where you found the article, using the following format: Retrieved from

Example Journal article, one author

Sutherland, M. B. (2000). Problems of diversity in policy and practice: Celtic

          languages in the United Kingdom. Comparative Education, 36(2), 199-209.


Example Journal article, 3 to 6 authors

Gubbins, H., O'Halloran, S., Kearney, D., Dore, A., Magner, E., & Murphy, E. (2007).

          A forum for the practice of musicology in Ireland. British

          Postgraduate Musicology, 9, 5.

Example Magazine article

Elmer-DeWitt, P., & Farley, C. J. (1994, March 21). People who eat Hostess

          Twinkies.  Time, 143(12), 22.