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APA Citation Style 6th Edition: Articles

This guide will help you cite sources in APA Citation Style 6th Edition.

About Citing Journal/Magazine Articles

For each type of source in this guide, both the general form and an example will be provided.

The following format will be used:

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase) - entry that appears in the body of your paper when you express the ideas of a researcher or author using your own words.  For more tips on paraphrasing check out The OWL at Purdue.

In-Text Citation (Quotation) - entry that appears in the body of your paper after a direct quote.

References - entry that appears at the end of your paper.

Information on citing and several of the examples were drawn from the APA Manual (6th ed.). 

Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

Situations this Section Covers

This section will cover the following examples:

For more examples and information, consult the APA Manual (6th ed.), located at the Ask Here Desk in the Library.

DOIs and Article References (pp. 188-192)

If a Digital Object Identifier (DOI)is listed on either a print or an electronic source it is included in the reference. A DOI is a unique alphanumeric string that is used to identify a certain source (typically journal articles).   

Example: doi:10.1080/14622200410001676305

The DOI is often found on the first page of an article. For more information on DOIs and sample pictures indicating where to locate a DOI on a source, check out pages 188 to 192 of the APA Manual and/or this helpful DOI flow chart put together by the people at APA.

Curious about how to find a DOI?

Check out the tutorial video put together by APA.

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