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APA Citation Guide: Articles

This guide will provide an overview of APA Citation Style.

DOI

About DOI:

  1. If you have a DOI, use that.
  2. If not, then look up the Journal’s web address.
  3. If you can’t find it or aren’t sure it’s right, then use the database name.

Scholarly Sources

Information on scholarly sources

Scholarly Journal Article in Print

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A.A. (year). Title of the article. Title of the Journal, volume(issue), page-page.

Example

Barker, E. N., Schofield, E., & Granger, N. P. (2014). What is your neurologic diagnosis? Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 245(1), 49-51.

Scholarly Journal Article from a Database with a DOI

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year). Title of the article. Title of the Journal, volume(issue), page-page. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx

Note: If you have a DOI, use it. If you don’t, see the example below. Learn more about DOIs.

Example

Silingiene, V., & Stukaite, D. (2014). Transformation of female leadership in terms of changes in leadership competency.Economics & Management, 19(1), 109-119. doi:10.5755/j01.em.19.1.5732

Scholarly Journal Article from a Database without a DOI

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year). Title of the article. Title of the Journal, volume(issue), page-page. Retrieved from http://www.hompageofjournal.com

Note: If you’re not sure of the URL for the homepage of the journal, you can simply use the database name instead.

Example

Latham, J. R. (2014). Leadership for quality and innovation: Challenges, theories, and a framework for future research. Quality Management Journal, 21(1), 11-15. Retrieved from http://asq.org/pub/qmj/

Latham, J. R. (2014). Leadership for quality and innovation: Challenges, theories, and a framework for future research. Quality Management Journal, 21(1), 11-15. Retrieved from Business Source Complete database.

Article with more than eight authors in a database

General Form

Author, A. A., Author, A. A., Author, A. A., Author, A. A., Author, A. A., Author, A. A., & … Author, A. A. (year). Title of the article.Title of the Journal, volume(issue), page-page. http://dx.doi.org/xxxxx

Example

García-Esquinas, E., Pollan, M., Tellez-Plaza, M., Francesconi, K. A., Goessler, W., Guallar, E., & ... Navas-Acien, A. (2014). Cadmium exposure and cancer mortality in a prospective cohort: The strong heart study. Environmental Health Perspectives, 122(4), 363-370. doi:10.1289/ehp.1306587

Article from an edited book in a database

General Form

Author, A. A. (year). Title of chapter or article. In E. E. Editor (Ed.), Book title (pp. xx-xx). Place of Publication: Publisher. Retrieved Database Name.

Example

Babu, D. (2013). Breast cancer. In S. L. Balchford (Ed.), The Gale encyclopedia of genetic disorders. Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from Opposing Viewpoints in Context database.

Trade/Popular Sources

Learn about trade and popular sources

Magazine Article in Print

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A.. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of the Magazine, volume(issue), page-page.

Example

Hann, C. (2013, March). We’re all in this together. Entrepreneur, 41(3), 57-58.

Magazine Article from a Database

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of the Magazine, volume(issue), page-page. Retrieved from http://www.hompageofmagazine.com

Note: If you’re not sure of the URL for the homepage of the journal, you can simply use the database name instead.

Example

Lauber, E. (2014, May). Developing leadership for today's skill-driven teams: The lights! camera! action! approach. Supervision, 75(5), 8-10. Retrieved from the Business Source Complete database.

Magazine Article from a Database (no author)

General Form

Title of the article. (year, month). Title of the Periodical, volume(issue), page-page. Retrieved from http://www.hompageofmagazine.com

Example

Digital migration. (2014, June 17). Computer Weekly, 7. Retrieved from http://www.computerweekly.com/

Company report in a database

General Form

Author, A. (year, month day). Title of the report. Retrieved from database name.

Note: If you don’t have a date of publication, use the abbreviation: n.d., which stands for no date.

Example

Law, A. (n.d.). Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved from LexisNexis Academic database.

UpToDate Article

General Form

Author, A. (year, month day). Title of the article. UpToDate. Retrieved from database name.

Example

Rabinstein, A. A. (2014, July 23). Anticoagulant and antiplatelet therapy in patients with an unruptured intracranial aneurysm. UpToDate. Retrieved from UpToDate database.

Newpapers

Newspaper Article in Print

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of the Newspaper, p. xx.

Example

Ibarra, H. (2014, Apr 28). Leadership in human resources. Wall Street Journal, p.R.5.

Newspaper Article from a Database

General Form

Author, A. A., & Author, A. A. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of the Newspaper, p.xx. Retrieved from http://www.hompageofnewspaper.com

Note: If you’re not sure of the URL for the homepage of the journal, you can simply use the database name instead.

Example

James, D. (2014, February 26). The state of black leadership in Southeast Michigan, a historic look at black leaders. Michigan Chronicle, p.C.1. Retrieved from http://michronicleonline.com/