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APA 7th Edition Citation Examples

Format for magazine articles


Author last name, first initial. (Date). Article title. Magazine Title, volume(issue), page numbers. DOI or URL  


  • Author: List the last name, followed by the first initial (and second initial). See Authors for more information.
  • Date: List the date between parentheses, followed by a period.
  • Article title: Capitalize the first word of the title, subtitle, and proper nouns, followed by a period.
  • Magazine title: In italics. Capitalize all important words.
  • Volume and issue number:  Volume number in italics. Issue number in parentheses, no italics.
  • Page number(s): List page numbers followed by a period.
  • DOI or URL: Use DOI when available. If no DOI and from the free web, use a URL. If no DOI and from a database, do not use a DOI or URL.

See specific examples below.

Library database with DOI

Daily or weekly magazines:

Jackson, P. (2011, March 1). Navy Yard Hill and the founding of Washington City. Capitol Hill Historian, 2, 5-9.

Monthly magazines:

Niu, J. (2012, March-April). An overview of web archiving. D-Lib, 18(3-4).

  • When an issue of a magazine covers several months, the name of the first and last month in the range should be given in the citation, separated by a dash, for example: "(1993, June-July)".

What is a DOI?
Some library databases, such as Academic Search Ultimate and APA PsycInfo, provide a digital object identifier (DOI) for individual articles. A DOI is a unique identifier for an online work. In the database record for an article, you will see an element that looks like this, which you should include at the end of your APA reference, preceded by "":

Digital Object Identifier

This link will allow a reader to link to for more information about the article.

Library database without DOI

Norman, A. D. (1988, March). Infuriating by design. Psychology Today, 22(3), 52-56.

If a magazine article from a database does not have a DOI, do not include a DOI or a URL.

Free Web

Borowitz, A. (2004, November 15). Pavlov's brother. New Yorker, 80(35), 63-66.

In print

Borowitz, A. (2004, November 15). Pavlov's brother. New Yorker, 80(35), 63-66.

More info

See Publication Manual, p. 320.