Citing an article in APA style

When citing articles in APA style, your citation should follow one of the basic formats below.

Journal article with a DOI

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of periodical, volume(issue), #-#. DOI

Nemenzo, F. (2016). Misadventures in political science. Philippine Political Science Journal, 37(1), 63-66.

Journal article without a DOI, with a non-database URL

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., Author, C. C., & Author, D. D. (Year). Title of article. Title of periodical, volume(issue), #-#. URL

Ahmann, E., Tuttle, L. J., Saviet, M., & Wright, S. D. (2018). A descriptive review of ADHD coaching research: Implications for college students. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 31(1), 17-39.

Article without a DOI, from an academic research database or print version

Do not include the database name or URL as URLs from databases usually require a login, meaning that they will not be accessible to most readers.

Author, A. A. (Date). Title of article. Title of periodical, volume(issue), #-#.

Denmead, T. (2019). The rise of the creative underclass. Educational Theory, 69(2), 225-240.

Bartels, M. (2017, December 19). When does winter start? The shortest day of the year is approaching. Newsweek.

Wong-Shing, K. (2019, December 16). Waking up early doesn’t have to be miserable. Reno Gazette-Journal, C 5.

More information

To see more examples of citing in APA style, see the library's online guide to APA Style or the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition) located at the Research Help desk.