Books can get old fast. Magazines and journals are great relevant resources to add to your APA references list. Learn how to cite an article APA using a clear explanation and several examples. Just remember, writing a reference source citation for articles in APA 7 style follows the periodical format.
APA Article – Print Format
Using articles published in newspapers, magazines and journals is a good way to collect current sources for your school research paper. Since these periodicals are published on a regular basis, the information is up-to-date. Use these sources to find previous research, as well.
The best way to understand how to format an APA citation is through examples. The format for citing a print article in APA style depends on the number of authors.
Format – One Author
Author, A. A. (Date). Title of the article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp.
Example Print – Magazine Article One Author
Schrieber, K. (2017, May) How to handle the most toxic people in your life. Psychology Today. p. 14
Example Print – Newspaper Article One Author
Barnell, J. (2019, October 30). Fierro stresses importance of after school program. The Daily Independent. p. B6.
Example Print – Journal Article One Author
Mates, B.T. (2010). Assistive technologies. American Libraries, 41(10), 40-42.
Two or More Authors
Format – Two or More Authors
Author, A.A, Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (Date). Title of the article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp.
Example Print – Magazine Article Two or More Authors
Rodgers, C., & Norman, S. (2004, April). Considering PTSD in the treatment of female victims of intimate partner violence. Psychiatric Times, (21)4. pp. 14-17.
Example Print – Newspaper Article Two or More Authors
Hansen, S., & McDonald, T. (2019, November 7). Newcomers now the school board majority. The Communicator. p. A1.
Example Print – Journal Article Two or More Authors
Eisenberg, D., Downs, M., & Golberstein, S. (2009). Stigma and help-seeking for mental health among college students. Medical Care Research and Review, 66(5), 522–541.
APA Article – DOI Format
Format – DOI
Author, A.A. (Date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. https://doi: xx.xxxxxxxx
Typically, journal articles have a DOI
assigned to them. Magazine and newspaper articles are retrieved with a URL.
Ondrusek, A. (2002). Evaluating an HIV/AIDS book collection using a timeline approach. Collection Management, 26(1), 47-75. https://doi:10.1300/J105v26n01_04
Format DOI -Two or More Authors
Author, A.A, Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (Date). Title of the article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. https://doi: xx.xxxxxxxx
Example DOI – Two or More Authors
Robinson, C., & Graham, J. (2010). Perceived Internet health literacy of HIV positive people through the provision of a computer and Internet health education intervention. Health Information and Libraries Journal, 27(4), 295-303. https://doi: 10.1111/j.1471-1842.2010.00898.x
Self, P., Filardo, T., & Lancaster, F. (1989). Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and the epidemic growth of its literature. Scientometrics, 17(1-2), 49-60. https://doi: 10.1007/BF02017722
APA Article – Website Format
The format for citing an online article in APA style depends on the website type and number of authors.
Basic Format With One Author
Format – Website
Author, A.A. (Date). Title of the article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. https://www.xxxxxxxx.com
Example Website – Magazine Article
Ducharme, J. (2019, November 7). Lung cancer rates among women are falling much slower than those in men. Time. https://time.com/5720763/lung-cancer-rates-women-men/
Example Website – Newspaper Article
Johnson, P. (2019, November 7). Peoples’ Self-Help Housing seeks $15 million grant for homeless projects. New Times. https://www.newtimesslo.com/
Example Website – Journal Article
Conners, D. (2009). A ‘mind-boggling’ implication: the Hebrew Bible, the Old Testament, and the definition of a work. Judaica Librarianship, 15, pp. 1- 12. http://ajlpublishing.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1049&context=jl
Example Website – Article
Kane, S. (2019, October 14). How to protect yourself from bullying in the workplace. The Balance Careers. https://www.thebalancecareers.com/types-of-bullying-2164322
Website Format – Two or More Authors
Author, A.A, Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (Date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. https://www.xxxxx.com
Example Website – Magazine Article Two or More Authors
Thomas, M. G., & Veldhuis, D. (2018, March). What if machines could learn the way children do? Sapiens. https://www.sapiens.org/column/machinations/machine-learning-anthropology/
Example Website – Newspaper Article Two or More Authors
Copp, T., Dasgupta, S. & Wieder, B. (2019, October 30). Veterans want answers as new data shows rise in cancers over two decades of war. The Tribune. https://www.sanluisobispo.com/
Saujani, R., & Sweet, J. (2016, December 27). The gender gap in computer science is hurting U.S. businesses. Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-gendergap-in-computer-science-is-hurting-us-businesses/2016/12/27/fa4f6680-c247-11e6-9578-
Example Website – Journal Article Two or More Authors
Bonander, J., & Gates, S. (2010). Public health in an era of personal health records: Opportunities for innovation and new partnerships. Journal Of Medical Internet Research, 12(3), 8.
No Author or No Date
Example Website – Article No Author
Hurricanes that cause major destruction are becoming more frequent, study says. (2019, November 11, 2019). Associated Press. https://www.latimes.com/
Example Website – Article No Date
Consequences of student mental health issues. (n.d.). Suicide Prevention Resource Center. https://www.sprc.org/colleges-universities/%20consequences
- Include (year, month, day) in newspaper articles.
- Include (year, month) for monthly magazines.
- Do not place a period after URL or DOI.
- Use URL of the newspaper’s homepage, not the link to the article itself.
- Titles of articles are sentence case.
- Titles of periodicals are italics.