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APA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in APA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what APA style is and includes, find examples of APA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in APA, and more.

Journal Articles


NOTE: Don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines. 

General Format

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), page numbers. DOI

For Example

Robins, T. G., Roberts, R. M., & Sarris, A. (2018). The role of student burnout in predicting future burnout: Exploring the transition from university to the workplace. Higher Education Research and Development, 37(1), 115–130. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2017.1344827

Corresponding In-Text Citation

(Robins et al., 2018)

OR

Robins et al. (2018)

General Format

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume(Issue), page numbers.

For Example

Mea, W. J., & Sims, R. R. (2019). Human dignity-centered business ethics: A conceptual framework for business leaders. Journal of Business Ethics, 160(1), 53-69.

Corresponding In-Text Citation

(Mea & Sims, 2019)

OR

Mea and Sims (2019)

General Format

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Date). Title of article. Title of Journal. Advance online publication. DOI

For Example

Wang, X., Yang, J., Wang, P., Zhang, Y., Li, B., Xie, X., & Lei L. (2019). Deviant peer affiliation and bullying perpetration in adolescents: The mediating role of moral disengagement and the moderating role of moral identity. Journal of Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2019.1696733

Corresponding In-Text Citation

(Wang et al., 2019)

OR

Wang et al. (2019)

General Format

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (in press). Title of article. Title of Journal. DOI

For Example

Hensley, J. G., & Beardsley, J. R. (in press). Insomnia treatment in the primary care setting. Advances in Family Practice Nursing. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yfpn.2020.01.012

NOTE: If the article doesn't have a DOI end the citation with the journal title.

Corresponding In-Text Citation

(Hensley & Beardsley, in press)

OR

Hensley and Beardsley (in press)

General Format

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., Author, C. C., Author, D. D., & Author, E. E. (Date). Title of review. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. DOI

For Example

Sinclair, D. J., Zhao, S., Qi, F., Nyakyoma, K., Kwong, J. S., & Adams, C. E. (2019). Electroconvulsive therapy for treatment‐resistant schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. https://dx.doi.org/10.1002/14651858.CD011847.pub2

Corresponding In-Text Citation

(Sinclair et al., 2019)

OR

Sinclair et al. (2019)

More Information

Have multiple authors? The 7th edition has updated the format of authors in citations. Learn how to format authors on the Elements of APA Reference Lists This link opens in a new window page.

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