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APA Reference List: Periodical Examples

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 format in your APA report 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.

Students learning APA for periodicals

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 form

Author, A.A, Author, B.B.,& Author, C.C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp.

doi: xx.xxxxxxxx

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:


For journal articles, include the DOI® ,if available, otherwise include the URL

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. Retrieved from: http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/57830/McElroyKellyLibraryAccessInformationNot.pdf?sequence=4


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 Titlevolume(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: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/201903/how-memory-became-weaponized



McDonald, T. (2019, February 21). City officials scramble to save funding. The Communicator, pp. A1, A6.


*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 https://www.homeaddress.com/

Cosner, B. (2019, March 31). Outages impact local phones, emergencies. The News Review. Retrieved from http://www.news-ridgecrest.com/news/category.pl?id=0


*Just list the newspaper’s website home page address; not the article’s full URL.

Good Sources

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.

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Adrienne Mathewson, Editor-in-Chief of Bibliography.com, is an Information Professional with a Master’s in Library, Information & Science from San José State University with an emphasis on information literacy and scholarly publishing. She is a certified librarian through the State of New Mexico.

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