How to Cite a Journal Article in APA

In APA style journal citations, journal titles are written in title case and followed by the volume number. Both of these fields should be italicized.

Citing a journal article found online (in a database or elsewhere)

Structure:

Author, F.M. (Publication year). Article Title. Journal Title, Volume(Issue), pp.-pp. doi:XX.XXXXX or Retrieved from journal URL

 

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Note: Database information and retrieval date are not required in APA journal article citations.

Example:
Trier, J. (2007). “Cool” engagements with YouTube: Part 2. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 50(7), 598-603. doi:10.1598/JAAL.50.7.8

Note: If no DOI is listed, use the periodical’s homepage URL (e.g., Retrieved from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1936-2706).


Citing a journal article found in print

Structure:

Author, F.M., Author F.M., & Author F.M. (Publication year). Article Title. Journal Title, Volume(Issue), pp.-pp.

 

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Example:

Lin, M.G., Hoffman, E.S., & Borengasser, C. (2013). Is social media too social for class? A case study of Twitter use. Tech Trends, 57(2), 39-45.

 


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