APA Citations: Reference List: Journal Articles

APA Citations: Reference List: Journal Articles


Clancy: Hi! I’m Clancy Clawson with the University of Maryland, Baltimore Writing Center,
and today, we’re going to look at APA reference list entries for journal
articles. As always, we’re using the sixth edition
of the APA manual– this blue one. If you don’t have an APA
manual, please download our APA citations handout and follow along. Just like other sources, APA reference
list entries for journal articles contain four pieces of information: author names, publication date, title, and publication information. So let’s check
that out. Notice the punctuation. There’s a period after the author name,
publication date, title, and the publication information.
There’s a comma between the journal title and the volume number. There’s also another one between the
issue and the page range. Notice there’s no “p” or double “p” before pages. You
just have the number. Also notice the article title and the
journal title. In the article title, only the first word
of the title and subtitle (that’s the one after the colon) are
capitalized, along with any proper nouns. The article title is not italicized.
However, in the journal title, every major word is capitalized. Also, the journal title is italicized. Notice that the volume number is italicized but the issue number, that’s the one in
parentheses, is not. Purple Man: But what if this article’s online? You know, I’m not finding this in no library. I don’t like libraries. People just stack books. People “shush-ing.” Shh. Shh. They try to shush this, but you can’t
shush this! Clancy: If you found the article online, you
either have to include a digital object identifier, or DOI, like this, or a stable URL with
the words “Retrieved from” like this. That’s it. That’s what a reference list entry for a
journal article looks like in APA style. I’m Clancy Clawson. Stay tuned
because we have more APA videos on the way.

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