How to Cite an Article in APA Style

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This short presentation breaks down the parts of a simple article citation in APA style and demonstrates how to use these parts to write an article citation.

The parts of a magazine or newspaper article citation are:

First, the author's last name a coma, then the author's first and middle initials. Next the date of publication in parentheses followed by a period. For journals the date is just a year. For magazines and newspapers also include the month and day if known. After the date, list the title of the article followed by a coma. Then, list the title of the publication in italics. Next, list the volume number in parentheses and a coma. Include the issue number for a journal only if it is paginated by issue. Check the APA manual for more information. Last, list the page numbers followed b a period. For newspaper articles include the initials pp before the page number.

This is a complete citation format for article found in print or in research databases. For articles found on the web, check to see if the article has a DOI number. If an article does have a DOI number, include the initials DOI in your citation followed by a colon and list the DOI number. If an online article does not have a DOI number, include the words "retrieved from" followed by a colon and list the entire web address for the article.

Usually most of the information found for the citation is found on the magazine cover and on the first page of the article. If you are using the web or an online research database, such as Ebsco Host or Pro Quest, you can find this information from the online record. With information for either the magazine itself or the database record, you can use the basic citation format to write a citation for this article.

And this is just one example for an article citation. There are different rules for articles found in print and online. You can find more examples of APA format online. Use the links tab to find some recommended sites. The publication manual of the American Psychological Association is the ultimate source to all the guidelines for APA style. Copies are available in the library.