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Citation Help for APA, 6th Edition: Magazine Article

Help with common issues and questions with APA 6th ed. Citation Style.

Multiple Authors?

Example:
McGill, I., Glenn, J. K., & Brockbank, A. (2014). The action learning handbook: Powerful techniques for education, professional 
development and 
training. New York, NY: Routledge Falmer.

Explanation:
List each author last name first followed by the initials for the first and middle names followed by a comma. Insert an amperstand (&) before the last author.

No Author?

Example:
The bluebook: A uniform system of citation (18th ed.). (2015). Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association.

Explanation:
When there is no author move the title to the author spot. Italicize title and end with a period. Follow title with publication date and publication information.

More information: See p. 184 in the APA Manual 6th Edition for further explanation.

Background

Before citing an article from a periodical, one needs to determine if the article is from a magazine or a scholarly journal. There are two general clues to look to in order to make this determination:

1. Frequency of publication. Journals are more likely to be monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly publications. If the periodical is published weekly, then it is a magazine and not a journal.

2. Pagination. Magazines are generally paginated by issue, i.e. with each new issue the page numbers start over with number one. Scholarly journals are paginated consecutively throughout the volume year. Page numbering does not begin with number one again until the first issue of the next volume year.

Examine your article and determine if it is a magazine article or not. If it is journal article, follow this link. Remember, book reviews and newspapers articles are cited differently than both magazine and journal articles.

Example

Barone, M. (2014, December 25). The experience factor. U.S. News & World Report, 141(24), 26.

Explanation

Author: Barone, M.
Last name first, then initials for first and middle name. 

Date of publication: (2014, December 25).
In parentheses. Year, followed by the complete spelling of month, then day. Give the date shown on the publication - month for monthlies or month and day for weekly publications. Close parentheses with a period.

Title & subtitle of the article: The experience factor.
Title and subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize only the first word of the title and sub-title, and any proper nouns.

Title & subtitle of magazine, and volume number: U.S. News & World Report, 141
Title & subtitle are separated by a colon. Capitalize first word of title and subtitle, proper nouns, and all important words. Italicize title, subtitle, and volume number. Separate title from volume number, and volume number from page numbers with a comma.

Issue number (or supplement information): (24),
If a volume is paginated continuously throughout, do not include the issue number. If each issue (e.g. Winter Quarter, or February) begins paging at 1, include issue number within parentheses. Do not italicize issue number and there is no space between the volume number and parentheses. If the issue is a supplement, note that: e.g. 24(Suppl. 2).

Page numbers: 26.
If page numbers of an article run consecutively, separate beginning and ending page numbers with a hyphen. End citation with a period. If the pages of the article do not run consecutively, indicate the beginning page of the article followed by a + sign.

 

**If you got this article from an online database such as Academic Search Premier, you are not done! See the Full Text Article from Database for the second half of your citation.

More Information: See page 186 & 198-202 in the 6th edition of the APA manual.