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APA 7th Edition Guide

This guide provides an overview of the APA citation style and provides students with basic information to begin learning and applying this style in their academic writing.

Creating a Reference for a Journal Article

Article Reference

References are composed of four elements:

Author. (Date). TitleSource.

Use the chart below to identify the pieces of information needed to create a reference for a periodical article.

Note: Each element of the reference ends with a period except URLs or DOIs.

Note. Adapted from Reference Examples, Textual Works, section 10.1 in the Publication Manual (7th ed.) (American Psychological Association, 2020, p. 316).

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

Example References for Articles






APA Academic Writer


Find example references for a wide variety of resource types in APA Academic Writer.  Click on the Learn tab, then click on the Go to Sample References button.  Scroll through the alphabetical list of resource types and click on the type that matches the resource you are citing to view an example reference.  Click the Learn More link for additional information.