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How to Read Basic APA Citations

6th edition APA book coverIt helps to know how to read a citation before learning how to create one. Most of your citations will probably come from magazines, newspapers, or web pages. Here are several examples of basic citations in APA (American Psychological Association) format including an example both for journal article and book.

There are more examples of basic APA citations on the APA Reference List Examples page; however, it's always best to double check any citation in the instructor's preferred edition of the style manual. Currently, the APA is on the 6th edition. The Library keeps a copy behind the Reference Desk but you may purchase your own in paper or electronically (currently only available in Kindle format for selected devices). Working with the Miller Writing Center on your citations is always a good idea. A copy of this page, How to Read Basic APA Citations, is available in PDF format.


Diagram of APA magazine citation.


example of citation for magazine article
 

 

This article does not have an author so the citation starts with the title of the article. Also, many magazine articles have month/day along with volume and issue numbers -- month/day is the preferred APA form.

For more examples of magazine citations, go to the Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles box on the Reference List Examples page or consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

 


Diagram of APA newspaper citation.

Diagram of APA newspaper citation consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information.

 

 

This article does have an author so the citation starts with that. Notice also that the year and day are included.

For more examples of newspaper citations, go to the Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles box on the Reference List Examples page or consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

 

 


Diagram of APA website citation.

Diagram of APA website citation consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information.

 

This page has what is known as a group or corporate an author rather than an individual person. Notice also that the date the page was created could not be found so "(n.d.)" for "no date" is used instead.

For more examples of website citations, go to the Websites box on the Reference List Examples page or consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.


 Diagram of APA journal citation.

Notice the DOI number in the citation.  For more information on DOI's and URL's in APA format, check out their blog entry A DOI Primer or view the DOI and URL Flowchart.

For more examples of journal citations, go to the Journal, Magazine, and Newspaper Articles box on the Reference List Examples page or consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

 


 Diagram of APA book citation

 Diagram of APA magazine book consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association for more information.

Book citations have place of publication and publisher rather than volume and issue numbers to help identify them.

For more examples of newspaper citations, go to the Books box on the Reference List Examples page or consult the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.