Apa Research Paper Reference Style

APA: Journal

Click here to automatically cite a Journal.

How to Cite a Journal in Print in APA

Structure:

Last, F. M., & Last, F. M. (Year Published). Article title. Journal Name, Volume(Issue), pp. Pages.

Examples:

Jacoby, W. G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361.

Fearon, J. D., & Laitin, D. D. (2003). Ethnicity, Insurgency, and Civil War. American Political Science Review, 97(01), 75. doi: 10.1017/S0003055403000534

How to Cite a Journal Online in APA

Format:

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

Example:

Poiger, U. G. (1996). Rock 'n' roll, female sexuality, and the Cold War Battle over German Identities. The Journal of Modern History, 68(3), 577. doi:10.1086/245343

How to Cite a Journal on a Database in APA

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.

Format:

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

Examples:

Jacoby, W. G. (1994). Public attitudes toward government spending. American Journal of Political Science, 38(2), 336-361. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org.

Davis, E. (1932). New chapters in American history. The Science News-Letter, 22(605), 306-307. doi: 10.2307/3907973

Make sure to:

  • Provide advanced information for the book if it is available.

View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Journal in APA format.

What is the point of a citation?

You need to understand why and how to use citations to help you avoid plagiarism! Use this interactive tutorial to begin to understand the importance and mechanics of avoiding plagiarism through proper citing:

USC Library Lessons: Avoiding Plagiarism through Citations

In addition to avoiding plagiarism, citations help the reader locate your sources. You need to ask yourself, could someone find this information in the future? A client's personal file would not need a citation because your reader cannot go find that information again.  Census statistics would require a citation because your reader could go locate that information again.

APA requires FOUR ELEMENTS of every citation:

  • Author of content
  • Date content was published
  • Title of content
  • Publication information. This can be the website you got it from or the journal or book's publication information.

Follow this guide if any of those elements aren't available:http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2012/05/missing-pieces.html

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