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APA Article Citation Examples

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.

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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.

One Author

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 Review66(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

Note: Typically, journal articles have a DOI assigned to them. Magazine and newspaper articles are retrieved with a URL.


Example DOI

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

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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

Multiple Authors

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.


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