APA 6th Referencing: Journal Articles

APA 6th Referencing: Journal Articles


Hi. In this quick video I will explain
how to reference a journal article in the APA sixth referencing style. This is
an example of a journal article referenced correctly using APA sixth
style. You will see that there is the first author’s surname followed by a
comma then the first author’s initials and a
full stop after each initial, followed by a comma, the ampersand sign before the last author, the last author’s surname, comma and initials with full stop. This is followed by
the year in brackets and a full stop. Then the title of the article. Take
particular note of the fact that the first word after the colon is
capitalized: in this case the word “teaching”. This is a special requirement
of APA sixth style. Following the title of the article is the title or name of
the journal that it was published in, comma. This is followed by the volume number,
and please note that the volume number is in italics, followed by the issue
number (not in italics but in brackets), and a comma and this is followed by page numbers. After a journal article entry you should either provide the DOI (or the
digital object identifier) of the source or the URL where you retrieved it from.
When you have a source with many authors such as the example on the
screen, you list the first six authors followed by a dot dot dot and then the
last author. This is for a very specific reason on sources with multiple
authors like this one. The first author is usually the person who did the most
work on the paper, the last author is usually the senior author, the head
researcher of the project, and so APA 6th allows for this to be indicated in the
reference list by placing this dot dot dot in between the first six authors and
the last author. So in summary components of a journal article
reference include the author’s surnames and initials, the year in brackets, the
title of the article, the name of the journal that’s in italic font, volume
number that’s also in italics, the issue number, page number, and the digital
object identifier or URL where the source was retrieved from.

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