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APA Format & Citation Style, 6th edition

Magazine Article

Helpful Tips
  • If you view a magazine article online you will need to include the URL of the magazine's home page in your reference. 
  • If you view a magazine article from within an article database you will have to do a quick search outside of the database to locate the home page for that particular magazine (p. 198).  You would include the URL of the magazine's home page in your reference.
General Format 
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Author Surname, Year)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Author Surname, Year, page number)
 
      References:
      Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. (Year, Month Day). Article title: Subtitle. 
            Magazine Title, Volume(issue), page range. Retrieved from URL of magazine
            home page [if viewed online].  
 
Example 1
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Henry & Mehta, 1990)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Henry & Mehta, 1990, p. 30)
 
      References:
      Henry, W. A., & Mehta, N. S. (1990, April 9). Beyond the melting pot. Time, 135, 28-31.
 
Example 2
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Kuttner, 2003)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Kutner, 2003, p. 26)
 
      References:
      Kuttner, R. (2003, September 8). The great American pension-fund robbery. Business
            Week, 24-26. Retrieved from http://www.businessweek.com/

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

What is a DOI? A DOI (digital object identifier) is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (the International DOI Foundation) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the internet. 

NOTE: It is regarded as the most important part of the citation because it will accurately direct users to the specific article.

Think of it as a "digital fingerprint" or an article's DNA!

FYI - Updated rules on using DOI (March 2017):

Correct:  

  • doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-114
  • http://doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-114

Incorrect:     

  • doi:http://doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-114
  • Retrieved from http://doi:10.1186/1471-2288-12-114

(Above information from The APA blog on DOI. This is APA's official blog and their staff provides excellent examples on APA formatting/citations.)