Periodicals are materials that are published on a regular basis. For example, magazines, newsletters, and journals may be published daily, weekly, monthly or on other regularly scheduled dates. Periodicals follow a general format in your APA 6 report with a few differences between them. Newspaper article citations include the year of publication as well as the day; however, journal articles use the year of publication only.
Scholarly journals will usually have a DOI assigned, but newspaper and magazine articles are usually accessed through the web page URL.
General APA Format for Periodicals
Periodicals are a good way to find current, primary sources. Since they are published frequently, the information is up-to-date. Not all articles are primary sources, however, so make sure you understand the difference before you start your research process.
General Reference Format
Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp.
If no DOI® is available, use the URL for the homepage of the magazine.
Retrieved from http://www.example.com
Examples of Periodical Citations
Follow these examples when you need to cite periodicals in your APA research paper.
Journal – Print
Journal – Online
Magazine – Print
Last, F. M. (Year, Month Day published). Article title. Magazine Title, volume(issue), pp.
Magazine – Online
Newspaper – Print
*use pp. for multiple pages. Use p. for one page.
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from https://www.homeaddress.com/
Journals, magazines and newspapers are a great way to find reliable, authoritative sources for your APA format research paper. Although it may seem like a lot of work to figure out how to cite and organize your sources, just remember that the whole point is so that readers can find the information quickly.
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