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Citation Guide

This guide gives overviews and sample citations for MLA and APA citation styles.

APA Style Guide -- Magazines

Magazine citations should include the following information:

  • Author(s) Names
  • Publication Date
  • Title of Article
  • Title of Magazine
  • Volume Number of Magazine
  • Issue Number of Magazine
  • Page Numbers of Article

You may also need:

  • The URL address for the magazine
  • The DOI (if available)

Tips to remember:

  • Include as much information about the publication date as available. For print magazines, this may be the month and year of publication. Magazine articles published online may include a full date.
  • Capitalize only the first word of the article's title and subtitle. All other words should be in lowercase except for proper nouns.
  • Do not use quotation marks around article titles.
  • Italicize magazine titles. All main words in the magazine title should be capitalized.
  • If your citation includes a DOI or URL, do not end the citation with a period.

DOI Tutorial

Check out the link below to view APA's 3-minute video tutorial on how to find DOI's in your sources:


What Is a Digital Object Identifier?

A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique set of numbers and letters that can be assigned to a particular article to help identify it. Unlike a URL or Web address, an article's DOI always remains the same. Each article has a unique DOI - think of it as a "digital thumbprint."

How are DOIs used in APA citations?

DOIs are used in APA citations to help scholars find cited articles more efficiently. Unlike URL links and Web addresses, which can break or change, a DOI provides a consistent way to look up a referenced article. If you have a DOI for your article, include it at the end of the citation.

Where can I find an article's DOI?

Not all articles are assigned DOIs yet, but if available, the DOI will usually be included with the rest of the electrontic citation information for your article. This may be on the first or last page of the article, or there may be a separate link to citation information. You can also check the CrossRef database to see if a DOI is available for your article.

DOI Flowchart

Sample Citations - Magazines

Article in a Print Magazine  APA 7.01.7



Magazine Article Accessed Online  APA 6.32, 7.01.08

APA does not distinguish between articles accessed through a database and articles accessed via the Web. Cite the article as you would a print article, followed by:

  • The URL of the magazine's home page (not the database in which you retrieved it). You may have to do a quick Internet search to locate the URL for the journal home page.
  • Do not include page numbers for magazine articles accessed online.