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APA Citation Style: Articles

This guide provides information on the 6th edition of the APA citation style as used at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

DOIs (Digitial Object Identifiers)

If a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is listed on either a print or an electronic source, it is included in the reference.  A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify a certain source (typically journal articles).  It is often found on the first page of an article or may be included in an e-book record.

Example:

doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305

For more information on DOIs and locating a DOI on a source, check out pages 188-192 of the APA Manual and/or this helpful DOI flow chart from the official APA site.

Magazine or Journal Article

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year). Article title: Subtitle. Periodical Title, Volume(issue), page range.
doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx OR Retrieved from URL [if viewed online] 

 

Journal Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Pettigrew, 2009, p. 61)

References:

Pettigrew, T. F. (2009). Secondary transfer effect of contact: Do intergroup contact effects spread to noncontacted outgroups? Social Psychology, 40(2), 55-65. doi:10.1027/1864-9335.40.2.55

 

Magazine Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Henry & Mehta, 1990, p. 30)

References:

Henry, W. A., & Mehta, N. S. (1990, April 9). Beyond the melting pot. Time, 135, 28-31. Retrieved from http://time.com/


Tip:

  • If you viewed an article in an online database and it does not have a DOI, then include the URL for the database from which you retrieved the article.
  • Journal articles with a volume and issue number typically do not require a month/day in the date, while magazine articles do. 

Newspaper Article

General Format

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year, Month Day). Article title: Subtitle. Newspaper Title, page range. Retrieved from URL [if viewed online] 

Example

In-Text Citation (Quotation):
(Severson & Martin, 2009)

References:

Severson, K., & Martin, A. (2009, March 3). It's organic, but does that mean it's safer? The New York Times, B6. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

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