Citation Guide: American Psychological Association (APA)

References- Print Periodicals

Citing Sources in Journals, Magazines, and Newspapers. 


Basic Format for Citing an Article in a Journal

Most journals continue page numbers throughout an entire annual volume, beginning again at page 1 only in the first volume of the next year. After the author and publication year, provide the article title, the journal title, the volume number (italicized), and the inclusive page numbers.


Thonus, T. (2016. Time to say goodbye: Writing center consultation closings. Linguistics and Education, 33, 40-55.

If every issue of the journal begins at page 1, include the issue number in parentheses, not italicized, directly after the volume number.


Garicano, L., & Rayo, L. (2016). Why organizations fail: Models and cases. Journal of Economic Literature, 54(1), 137-192.

Many online journal articles now have DOIs (digital object identifiers), unique numbers assigned to specific content. If an article has a DOI, list it at the end of the entry; you do not need to list the database you used to access the article or the date you accessed the database.


Logan, J. R. (2016, March 29). As long as there are neighborhoods. City and Community 159(1), 23-28. doi:10.1111/cico.12149.

If no DOI is available for an article accessed on the Web or in a database, give the URL for the journal’s home page instead.


West, M. R. (2016). Schools of choice. Education Next 16(2). Retrieved from


Basic Format for Citing an Article in a Magazine

Give the publication date as year and month for monthly magazines; year, month and date for weekly or biweekly magazines. Place the issue number, if any, in parentheses directly after the volume number. Include all page numbers. For articles accessed on the Web, end with the URL of the magazine’s home page.


Fecht, S. (2012, December). Reef in a box. Popular Science, 281(6), 16.

Galea, S. (2016, April 5). Your healthy lifestyle won’t necessarily make you healthier. Wired. Retrieved from


Basic Format for Citing an Article in a Newspaper

Give the publication date as year, month, and date. Next give the article title followed by the name of the newspaper (italicized). Include all page numbers, preceded by “p.” or “pp.”


Levenson, M. (2016, April 11). School closings bring pain, and not always savings. Boston Globe, p. A1.


Basic Format for Citing an Unsigned Article

Begin with the article title, and alphabetize in the references list by the first word in the title other than A, An, or The. Use “p.” or “pp.” before page numbers.


RNA-only genes: The origin of the species? (2012, April 28). The Economist, 388(8592), p. 40.


Basic Format for Citing an Editorial

Include the word “Editorial” in square brackets after the title.


Affirm gays’ right to marriage [Editorial]. (2012, December 14). The Dallas Morning News, p. B12.


Basic Format for Citing a Letter To the Editor

Include the words “Letter to the editor” in square brackets after the title of the letter or, if the letter is untitled, in place of the title.


Gonzalez Hernandez, L. (2012, November 23). Stores should close on holidays [Letter to the editor]. Newsday, p. A24.


Basic Format for Citing a Review

After the title of the review, include the words “Review of the book ...” or “Review of the film ...” and so on in square brackets, followed by the title of the work reviewed. If the reviewed work is a book, include the author’s name after a comma; if it is a film or other media, include the year of release. If the review is untitled, give the bracketed information in place of the title.


Lane, A. (2014, December 15). Swinging Seventies [Review of the film Inherent Vice, 2014]. The New Yorker, p. 76.

Green, J. (2016, March 10). Theater review: Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels in a superb Blackbird [Review of the play Blackbird, 2016]. Retrieved from


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