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Articles Standard Format

Who When What Publisher Info DOI or URL

Author, A. A. & Author, B. B.

Name of Group

Author, C. C. [username]




(year, month).

(year, month date). 

Title of article: Use sentence case.

Title of Periodical, #(#), #-#. 

Title of Periodical, #(#), Article 9739. 

Title of Periodical.



American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).

Formatting Rules

The following formats apply to all journals, periodicals, magazines, newspapers, etc. whether you found them in an online database, search engine, or in print.

  • Volume, issue and page numbers in periodicals:  Continuous pagination throughout a volume: only cite the volume number (in italics), followed by a comma and then the page numbers: 20, 344-367.
  •  Do Not copy and paste URLS from library databases or other platforms that restrict public access.

Article Examples

Journal article with DOI

Fink, J., & Hummel, M. (2015). With educational benefits for all: Campus inclusion

through learning communities designed for underserved student populations. New Directions for Student Services2015(149), 29–40.

Journal article without DOI

Savage, T. (2007). Relationship between assault frequency and length of hospitalization

in older patients with dementia: Determining the maximum benefit of inpatient treatment. Journal of Gerontological Nursing33(4), 13–20.

Electronic journal article with 21 or more authors

Wiskunde, B., Arslan, M., Fischer, P., Nowak, L., Van den Berg, O., Coetzee, L., Juárez,

U., Riyaziyyat, E., Wang, C., Zhang, I., Li, P., Yang, R., Kumar, B., Xu, A., Martinez, R., McIntosh, V., Ibáñez, L. M., Mäkinen, G., Virtanen, E., . . . Kovács, A. (2019). Indie pop rocks mathematics: Twenty One Pilots, Nicolas Bourbaki, and the empty set. Journal of Improbable Mathematics27(1), 1935–1968.

Electronic articles that are periodically updated with shortened URL

Winkleman, J. W. (2019).  Overview of the treatment of insomnia in adults.  UpToDate. 

Retrieved February 6, 2020, from

Article without DOI Land, H. (1994). AIDS and women of color. Families in Society75(3), 355-361.
Online newspaper article

Logan, T. (2014, December 21). Highland Park residents feel the squeeze of

gentrification. The Los Angeles Times.

Print newspaper article

Born, R. (2018, November 27).  Was the life of the ‘influencer’ really for me?  The Daily

Trojan, pp. 5, 7. 

Online magazine article

Park, A. (2018, December 1).  The future of HIV treatment might not involve

pills.  Time.

Print magazine article

Quittner, J. (1998, June 15). Tell the kids to fib: A U.S. agency says laws are needed to

protect children’s privacy online. Time151, 86.

Drug database with a publication date Lexi-comp. (2019, June 6). Drospirenone. In Lexi-comp.
Drug database without a publication date

Micromedex. (n.d.). Glipizid. In Micromedex. Retrieved June 18, 2019,

Blog post

Morton, S. (2020, January 12).  A midlife crisis or a midlife

unraveling?  PsychCentral.

Comment on an online article or post

Jane.  (2020, January 15).  Amen to all of this.  I am experiencing midlife as a transition

not unlike that from childhood to adolescence.  I [Comment on the article "A midlife crisis or a midlife unraveling?"].  PsychCentral.