How to Cite a Magazine Article in APA

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Published April 20, 2012. Updated January 18, 2022.

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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.


Citing a magazine article in print in APA

Reference Page
Structure

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

Example

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

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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 in APA

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

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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.

Updated November 3, 2020.


 

 

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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.