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APA 6: Articles

Tips and information on using APA formatting and styling on your research

Information Needed

  • Author(s)
  • Date
  • Title of article
  • Title of journal (italicized)
  • Volume number (italicized)
  • Issue number (in parentheses)
  • Page range
  • DOI (if available)

Note on DOI

Many electronic articles, particularly those found using library databases, have have a DOI (digital object identifier). Include the DOI in the citation when available.

General Format for Citing Periodicals

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., Author, C. C. & Author, D. D. (Year of publication). Title of article. Title of Journal, volume#(issue#),

            page#-page#. DOI if available (formatted

Periodical Reference Citation Examples

Electronic Journal Article with DOI

Byrd-Craven, J., Auer, B. J., Granger, D. A., & Massey, A. R. (2012). The father–daughter dance: The relationship between father–

          daughter relationship quality and daughters stress response. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(1), 87-94.


Electronic Journal Article Without DOI

Nicotera, A. (2019). Social justice and social work, A fierce urgency: Recommendations for social work social justice pedagogy. Journal

            of Social Work Education, 55(3), 460-475. Retrieved from

Electronic Journal with More than Seven Authors

Fernandez, A., Schillinger, D., Warton, E. M., Adler, N. Moffet, H. H., Schenker, Y., . . . Karter, A. J. (2011). Language barriers,

          physician-patient language concordance, and glycemic control among insured Latinos with diabetes: The diabetes study of Northern

          California (DISTANCE). Journal of General Internal Medicine, 26(2), 170-176.

Online Magazine Article

Hsu, H. (2019, November). What W. E. B. Du Bois conveyed in his captivating infographics. The New Yorker. Retrieved from     


Online Newspaper Articles

Sinco Kelleher, J., & McAvoy, A. (2020, January 21). Hawaii eyes closing gun loopholes, bolstering mental health. The Washington Post.                          Retrieved from

*Note that the APA advises using the homepage address for the online newspaper, rather than the full URL for the article itself.

Webpages from News Websites

Guy, J. (2019, December 19). The more we watch TV, the more we prefer thinner female bodies, study shows. CNN. Retrieved