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Nursing: How to Cite a Journal Article in APA Format

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Citing a Journal Article

Basic Rules for Citing a Journal Article

  • Include up to 7 authors names in reference list (p. 184 APA manual 6th ed.)
  • Capitalize the first word of the article title and the first word of the subtitle, if any, and any proper nouns.
  • Do NOT italicize the article title; do NOT put quotation marks around it.
  • Journal name and volume number are italicized.
  • Include issue number if each isue begins on page 1, in parentheses after volume number. Do NOT italicize issue numbers.
  • Use both uppercase and lowercase for titles of journals, as necessary.
  • Use '&' and acronyms if part of journal title.
  • Give inclusive page numbers, but do not use p. or pp.
  • Include DOI if available.
  • See pages 199-202 (APA Manual 6th ed.) for additional rules and examples.

Reference to a journal article, one author.

Author, A. A. (date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume (issue), pages. DOI/url

Example:

Hernandez, D. (2008). Choosing and using citation and bibliographic database software (BDS).
       Diabetes Educator, 34
(3), 457, 459-60, 462-4 passim.

Reference to a journal article, three to seven authors.

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (date). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume
       (issue), page numbers. DOI/url

Example:

Pandolfini, C., Clavenna, A., & Bonati, M. (2009). Quality of cystic fibrosis information on Italian
       Websites. Informatics for Health & Social Care, 34(1), 10-17.

Reference to a Magazine article.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (year, month date). Title of article. Title of magazine, volume, pages.
       DOI/url

Example:

Kandel, E. R., & Squire, L. R. (2000, November 10). Neuroscience: Breaking down scientific barriers
       to the study of brain and mind. Science, 290, 1113-1120.

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