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How to Cite a Journal Article from a Database Online in APA Format

APA style does not require Database information in its citations. You would cite the source found within the Database, such as a journal article or a photograph.

Structure:

Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume (Issue), Page(s). doi:# OR Retrieved from URL

Example:

Ahn, H.,; Kim, K. (2008). Using genetic algorithms to optimize nearest neighbors for data mining. Annals of Operations Research, 263(1), 5-18. doi:10.1007/s10479-0080325-2

Make sure to:

  • Leave no spaces between “doi:” and the number.
  • Only capitalize proper nouns and the first work of the article title (or the first word after a : in the title)
  • Only include URL if there is no doi.

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