How to Cite a Journal Article in APA

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APA Journal Article Citation

This guide will help you create journal citations in APA format. Check out this hyperlink if you are  looking to create APA books citation. Check out this hyperlink if you are looking to create citations in MLA format or more styles.

What is a Journal Article?

Journals are a type of literature that are released periodically, peer-reviewed, and provide some of the most up-to-date studies — basically, a great source for research. They typically focus on a particular topic and contain peer-reviewed articles written by experts in order to educate and inform other experts on the subject. They may contain several articles, similar to chapters in a book or articles in a magazine. Articles usually have an abstract, or a short summary of the article, at the beginning, and a bibliography of sources at the end.

What is a “scholarly” article?

A “scholarly” article is an article that comes from an academic, peer-reviewed source. Because academic journals and non-academic magazines have a lot of structural similarities, the term “scholarly” differentiates this type of article from magazine articles. A scholarly article is typically written by experts, for experts, and is peer-reviewed by other experts.

What does “peer-reviewed” mean?

A “peer-reviewed” article is one that has been reviewed by a board of experts in the field for quality and accuracy of the information before publishing. A “peer-reviewed” article is a more trustworthy source because it has been checked and approved by experts and is not based on opinion, low-quality research, or obsolete data.

Where are journal articles found?

Articles exist both in print and online and can be found at most academic libraries. Online articles can be found using databases, which are structured sets of data or information. Many databases charge a fee to use the database and/or to access full articles.


In-Text APA Citation for Journal Articles

This section will help you create in-text APA citations for journal articles. Check out this link if you are looking to create MLA in-text & parenthetical citations.


Reference Page APA Citation for Journal Articles

This section will help you create an APA works cited page or an APA bibliography. Check out these hyperlinks if you are looking to create an MLA works cited page.


How to Cite a Journal Article in APA (Print)

Reference Page
Structure

Author’s last name, Author’s first initial. Author’s middle initial. (Year, Month Date published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), page number(s).

Example

Jacoby, W. G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361. https://doi.org/10.2307/2111407

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How to Cite a Journal Article with Multiple Authors in APA

Reference Page
Structure

Author’s last name, Author’s first initial. Author’s middle initial., & Author’s last name, Author’s first initial. Author’s middle initial. (Year published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), page number(s).

Example

Fearon, J. D., & Laitin, D. D. (2003). Ethnicity, insurgency, and civil war. American Political Science Review, 97(01), 75. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0003055403000534

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How to Cite an Online Journal Article in APA

The following examples show you how to format an online journal citation in APA style. Check out this hyperlink if you are looking to cite websites in MLA format.

With URL

Reference Page
Structure

Author’s last name, Author’s first initial. Author’s middle initial. (Year, Month Date published). Article title. Online Journal Name, Volume(Issue). URL

Example

Poiger, U. G. (1996). Rock ‘n’ roll, female sexuality, and the Cold War battle over German identities. The Journal of Modern History, 68(3). https://www.jstor.org/stable/2946768

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With DOI 

Reference Page
Structure

Author’s last name, Author’s first initial. Author’s middle initial. (Year, Month Date published). Article title. Online Journal Name, Volume(Issue). https://doi.org/—–

Example

Poiger, U. G. (1996). Rock ‘n’ roll, female sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities. The Journal of Modern History, 68(3), 577. https://doi.org/10.1086/245343

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How to Cite a Journal Article on a Database in APA

For an APA citation journal article from a database, you are not required to include the database information. This is because APA format includes a link to the website or the DOI instead, since database information can change over time. Simply follow the format for an APA citation journal from online as described above.


Published May 9, 2019. Updated July 16, 2020.

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