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M.Ed. Research Guide and Library Resources: APA-articles

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APA References: Periodical Articles

Online citation generators are usually unable to make correct APA references for articles. They omit the ending: the doi number or journal homepage URL. Instead, follow the examples below:

Basic Format: Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Publication Year). Article title: Article subtitle. Periodical Title, volume, pp-pp. doi: xx.xxxxxxxxxx


 Print or electronic  journal  article with DOI

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology24(3), 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225

 Electronic article with no  DOI: (locate the website  homepage for the  journal)

Burgio, G. R., & Locatelli, F. (2000). Ethics of creating programmed stem-cell donors. The Lancet, 356, 1868-1872. Retrieved from

 Print journal article, one  author, with no DOI

Mellers, B. A. (2000). Choice and the relative pleasure of consequences. Psychological Bulletin, 126(5), 10-24.

 Journal article, three to  seven authors

Saywitz, K. J., Mannarino, A. P., Berliner, L., & Cohen, J. A. (2000). Treatment for sexually abused children and adolescents. American Psychologist, 55(2), 40-49.

 Print magazine article 

Kandel, E. R., & Squire, L. R. (2000, November 10). Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers to the study of brain and mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120.

 Print newspaper article,  no  author

New drug appears to sharply cut risk of death from heart failure. (1993, July 15). The Washington Post, p. A12.

 Print newspaper article,  discontinuous pages

Schwartz, J. (1993, September 30). Obesity affects economics, social status. The Washington Post, pp. A1, A4.

 Online newspaper article

Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from


See section 7.01 (pages 198-202) of the Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association 6th edition for additional information and examples.

Video Tutorial: APA references for articles

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APA video link for articles

Why use the journal homepage URL?

Q: If I used a database and there is no DOI, why can't I just include the database
information all the time?

A: Try to get your readers to the material in a universally accessible, simple, and
direct way. Many databases are subscription based or university specific and thus
not accessible to everyone. Their content can also change over time. Although
publisher homepages may also change (which is why DOIs are preferred), they
are accessible to everyone and easy to find online.

How to find a DOI (and what to do if there isn't a DOI): 2 minute video. Click image below to watch.

How to find a DOI video first screen

DOIs: When to use them and how to find them

APA flowchart for doi's. PDF version below

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