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Citations: Articles (Print Sources)


Reference to a Print Copy of a Magazine, Newspaper or Journal Article:

  • You may need to look back at the examples for books to remember how to cite an article with multiple authors or a suffix in the name.
  • If you have no author, start with the article title and then put the date and the journal title.
  • If you know that your article is in a journal and not a magazine or newspaper, just put the year of publication in parenthesis. When in doubt, put the whole date. Do not abbreviate month names.
  • Notice that only the first word in the article title and the first word in the subtitle are capitalized. Also remember to capitalize proper nouns.
  • Type the periodical title and volume number in italics. All major words in the periodical title are capitalized.
  • Always put the volume and issue number (if known) when citing journals and magazines
  • Do not write "volume" "issue" "pages" or any abbreviations of those words. Just include the numbers except when you are citing a newspaper article, then use "p." for page and "pp." for multiple pages.
  • If you have non-consecutive page numbers, put a comma in between them.

Print Articles

Journal Article:

Author. (Year). Article title: Sub-title. Journal Title, volume(issue), page numbers.

Shepard, S.J., Nicpon, M.F. & Doobay, A.F. (2010). Early entrance to college and self- concept: Comparisons across the first semester of enrollment. Journal of Advanced Academics, 22(1), 40-57.

Magazine Article:
Makary, M. (2014, March 10). The cost of chasing cancer. Time, 183(9), 24.
Smith, R. (2014, March). A new age of liberty. American Spectator, 47(2), 14-15.

Newspaper Article:
Parsons, L. (2014, March 5). City mulls Golden State’s future. The Monterey County Herald, p. A2.

What is APA Format?

MPC Library APA 6th Edition Handout

APA stands for American Psychological Association.  APA Style is used to write papers and cite sources in the sciences such as nursing, psychology, and social sciences.
The purpose of citing sources is:

  • To avoid plagiarism.
  • To give credit to the original creator of information you used in your research paper.
  • To inform readers of the sources you used.

If you are asked to use APA format, be sure to consult the APA Publication Manual (6th edition), available at the MPC Library.

REF BF 76.7 .P83 2010
(Reference Stacks)


Many of the MPC databases provide MLA and APA citation formatting, but they are not always formatted correctly.  Also, other online citation makers are not always accurate. It is important to check their accuracy against a citation style guide like this guide.