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Quick Guide to APA Citation Style: Full-Text Journal Article Citation

Full-Text Journal Articles

Online/Electronic Articles in Periodicals (Journals, Magazines, Newspapers)

  • Article is assigned a DOI:

    Author. (Date). Article title. Periodical Title, volume # (issue #), page #s. doi:10.000/00000000

    Single Author
    Lieberthal, S. P. (2009). Teaching undergraduate business students to access public
           company information: Assessing students' use of library resources. Journal of
           Business & Finance Librarianship,14
    (3), 230-147. doi:10.1080/08963560802362849

    Two Authors
    Holmes, J., & Clark, R.(2008). Enhancing the use of science in environmental policy-
            making and regulation. Environmental Science & Policy, 11(8), 702-711. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2008.08.004

    More than Seven Authors (list first 6 authors, insert ...  add the last author's name)
    Gilbert, D. G., McClernon, J. F., Fabinovich, N. E., Sugai, C., Plath, L. C., Asgaard, G., ... Botros, N. (2004) Effects
            of quitting smoking on EEG activation and attention last for more than 31 days and are more severe with stress,
            dependence, DRD2 A1 allele, and depressive traits. Nicotine and Tobacco Research, 6, 249-267. doi:10.1080/

  • Article is NOT assigned a DOI:

    Author. (Date). Article title. Periodical Title, volume # (issue #), page #s. Retrieved from [URL of the journal home page]


    (a) If the journal home page URL does not appear on either article or in database, then do a quick web search of the journal title to locate the URL.
    (b) Some archival documents (e.g. discontinued journals) can only be found in electronic databases, then provide the database home or entry page URL instead (e.g.

  • Journal article
    Bishop, T. R. (1992).  Integrating business ethics into an undergraduate curriculum.
            Journal of Business Ethics, 11(4), 291-299. Retrieved from
  • Magazine article
    Clay, R. (2008, June). Science vs. ideology: Psychologists fight back about the misuse of
            research.  Monitor on Psychology, 39(6). Retrieved from

  • Newspaper article
    Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile.  The New York
    Retrieved from