How to Cite a Magazine Article in APA

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Whether online or in print, magazine articles are a great source for many types of projects and papers. This guide will show you how to format citations for magazine articles in APA format following guidelines for the 7th edition. (Looking for how to cite a journal article in APA style? Learn more at the link.)


Guide Overview

In this guide, you will find the following information:


Citing a magazine article in print

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F. M. (Year, Month Day of publication). Article title in sentence case. Magazine Title, volume(issue), page numbers.

Example

Luckerson, V. (2014, January). Tech’s biggest promises for 2014. TIME, 183, 23-25.

In-text citations for a magazine article in print

Structure: (Last name, date, p./pp.)

Parenthetical citation example: (Luckerson, 2014, p. 24)

Narrative citation example: Luckerson (2014, p. 24)

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Note: Volume number can be found on the publication information page of the magazine. Page numbers are typically found on the bottom corners of an article. If the issue number is not provided, omit it from the citation.

 


Citing a magazine article found online

Reference Page
Structure

Author, F. M. (Year, Month Day of publication). Article title. Magazine Title, volume(issue). https://xxxxx

Example

Luckerson, V. (2014, January). Tech’s biggest promises for 2014. TIME. https://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2161683,00.html

In-text citations for a magazine article found online

Structure: (Last name, date)

Parenthetical citation example: (Luckerson, 2014)

Narrative citation example: Luckerson (2014)

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Note: Volume and issue number may not be on the same page as the article. Browse the website before omitting it from the citation.


Citing a magazine article with two authors

Reference Page
Structure

Author last name, F. M., & Author last name, F. M. (Year, Month Day of publication). Article title. Magazine Title, volume(issue). https://xxxxx

Example

Dugan, K. T., & Stieh, M. (2022, February 15). The many lives of crypto’s most notorious couple. The Intelligencer. https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2022/02/the-many-shifting-sides-of-cryptos-most-notorious-couple.html

In-text citations for a magazine article with two authors

Structure: (Last name of author 1 & last name of author 2, date.)

Parenthetical citation example: (Dugan & Stieh, 2022)

Narrative citation example: Dugan and Stieh (2022)


Citing a magazine article with no author

Reference Page
Structure

Article title in title in sentence case. (Year, Month Day of publication). Magazine Title, volume(issue). https://xxxxx

Example

Covid has reset relations between people and robots. (2022, February 21). The Economist. https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/covid-has-reset-relations-between-people-and-robots/21807815

In-text citations for a magazine article with no author

Structure: (“Article Name in Title Case,” date)

Parenthetical citation example: (“COVID has Reset Relations Between People and Robots,” 2022)

Narrative citation example: “COVID has Reset Relations Between People and Robots” (2022)


Troubleshooting

Solution #1: Citing a comment found on an online magazine article

Sometimes, comments can provide an important glimpse into a target audience’s thoughts about the content of an article. When citing a comment, you must include the following information:

  • The poster’s username or real name as it appears on the comment.
  • The date of the comment.
  • The first 20 words of the comment followed by brackets that contain the words “Comment on the article” and then the article’s title in sentence case.
  • The name of the online magazine or news source.
  • The link to the comment itself. If no direct link exists or can be provided, simply link to the article.

Structure and Example:

Commenter’s last name, F. M. (Year, Month Day commented). Comment title or the first 20 words [Comment on the article “Article title”]. Magazine Title. URL

Tonred. (2022, February 5). Fascinating piece, but one crucial question is unexamined: How do the wages of the jobs reportedly readily available to replace [Comment on the article “A closing factory, a booming economy and a town’s search for identity”]. The Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2022/02/03/kme-fire-truck-factory-closing/

In-text citation structure:

(Commenter username, date)

In-text citation examples:

Parenthetical example:

(Tonred, 2022)

Narrative example:

Tonred (2022)

 


 

 

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How do I cite a magazine article in APA style?

To cite a magazine article in APA style, it is important that you know some basic information such as the author, publication year, article title, magazine name, and page range. The templates for in-text citation and reference list entry of a magazine article, along with examples, are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

In in-text citations, include only the publication year without day or month.

Narrative:

Author Surname (Publication Year)

Redd (1985)

Parenthetical:

(Author Surname, Publication Year)

(Redd, 1985)

Reference list entry template and example:

Author Surname, F. M. (Publication Date). Article title. Magazine Name, #–#.

Redd, D. (1985, February). The lost Dutchman legend. Desert, 25–29.

The article title is in sentence case. The magazine title is in title case and italicized.

Since the date a magazine is published can vary, not every magazine will have a day published. So in the reference list entry, only include the date information that is available.

How do I cite an online magazine article in APA style?

To cite an online magazine article in APA style, it is important that you know some basic information such as the author, publication year, article title, magazine name, and URL (uniform resource locator). The templates for in-text citation and reference list entry of an online magazine, along with examples, are given below:

In-text citation template and example:

Narrative:

Author Surname (Published Year)

Gurri (2020)

Parenthetical:

(Author Surname, Published Year)

(Gurri, 2020)

Reference list entry template and example:

Author Surname, F. M. (Publication Date). Article title: Subtitle. Magazine Name. URL

Gurri, M. (2020, May 26). The way out of post-truth. Discourse. https://www.discoursemagazine.com/culture-and-society/2020/05/26/the-way-out-of-post-truth/

The article title is in sentence case. The magazine title is in title case and italicized. Do not add a period after the URL.

Since the date a magazine is published can vary, not every magazine will have a day published. So in the reference list entry, only include the date information that is available.