APA Reference List: Periodical Examples. 6th Edition
Periodicals are materials that are published on a regular basis. For example, magazines, newsletters, journals may be published daily, weekly, monthly or other regularly scheduled dates. Periodicals follow a general reference form in APA with a few differences. Newspaper articles 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 usually are accessed through the web page URL.
General APA Format for Periodicals
General reference form
Author, A.A, Author, B.B.,& Author, C.C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp.
If no DOI® , use the URL for the home page of the magazine. Retrieved from http://www.xxxxxxxx.com
Mason, R.O. (1986). Four ethical issues of the information age. MIS Quarterly, 10(1). 5-12.
Jaeger, P.T., Sarin, L.C., Peterson, K.J. (2015). Diversity, inclusion, and library and information science:
An ongoing imperative (or why we still desperately need to have discussions about diversity and
inclusion). Library Quarterly, 85(2), 127-132. doi: 130.065.109.155
McElroy, K., & Bridges, L. M. (2015). Access to information is (not) a universal right in higher
education: Librarian ethics and advocacy. International Review of Information Ethics. (23), 35-46.
Do not add a period after an URL or DOI® as it may be considered part of the link.
Last, F. M. (Year, Month, day Published). Article title. Magazine Title, volume(issue), pp.).
Weiss, D. (2018, April 9). Late Neolithic monument. Archaeology, 135, 28-31.
Hutson, M. (2019, March 4). How memory became weaponized. Psychology Today. Retrieved from:
McDonald, T. (2019, February 21). City officials scramble to save funding. The Communicator, pp. A1,
*use pp. for multiple pages. Use p. for one page.
Hansen, S. (2019, February 21). Vaughn sued over open meetings violation. The Communicator, p. B1.
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from
Cosner, B. (2019, March 31). Outages impact local phones, emergencies. The News Review. Retrieved
*Just list the newspaper’s website home page address; not the article’s full URL.
Journals, magazines and newspapers are a great way to find reliable, authoritative sources for your 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.