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Citation Guides: Articles- Online

How to format citations for online articles in APA style

Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles - Online Versions

Articles from online sources (such as a newspaper web site or online journal not accessed through a library database) are referenced in the same way as print articles, but references should include the Document Object Identifier (DOI) number if one has been assigned to the article. If a DOI isn’t available, include the URL of the journal, magazine, or newspaper home page.


Basic Format

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, Volume number(Issue number), page range. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx

Note: The title of the periodical and the volume number are italicized.


Article in a Newspaper

Brody, J. E. (2007, December 11). Mental reserves keep brain agile. The New York Times. Retrieved from


Journal Article with a DOI Assigned

Herbst-Damm, K. L., & Kulik, J. A. (2005). Volunteer support, marital status, and the survival times of terminally ill patients. Health Psychology, 24, 225-229. doi:10.1037/0278-6133.24.2.225


Journal Article without a DOI Assigned

Sillick, T. J., & Schutte, N. S. (2006). Emotional intelligence and self-esteem mediate between perceived early parental love and adult happiness. E-Journal of Applied Psychology, 2(2), 38-48. Retrieved from

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