APA Citation Guide (7th edition) : Magazine Articles
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Magazine article from a library database or in print - one author, magazine article from a library database or in print - two to twenty authors, magazine article from a library database or in print - unknown author, magazine article from a library database or in print - signed anonymous, magazine article from a website, in-text citation for two or more authors/editors, how do i know if it's a magazine.
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Not sure whether your article is from a magazine? Look for these characteristics:
- Main purpose is to entertain, sell products or promote a viewpoint.
- Appeal to the general public.
- Often have many photos and illustrations, as well as many advertisements.
- Author may or may not have subject expertise.
- Name and credentials of authors often NOT provided.
- Articles tend to be short –less than 5 pages.
- Unlikely to have a bibliography or references list.
- Main purpose is to update and inform readers on current trends in a specific industry or trade.
- Audience is members of a specific industry or trade or professors and students in that trade or industry.
- May have photos and numerous advertisements, but still assume that readers understand specific jargon of the profession.
- Usually published by an association.
- Authors are professionals working in the specific industry or trade.
If a magazine article has no author, start the citation with the article title.
If a magazine article is written by "Anonymous", put the word "Anonymous" where you'd normally have the author's name.
Italicize titles of magazines. Do not italicize the titles of articles.
Capitalize only the first letter of the first word of the article title. If there is a colon in the article title, also capitalize the first letter of the first word after the colon.
If an article has no date, use the short form n.d. where you would normally put the date.
Volume and Issue Numbers
Italicize volume numbers but not issue numbers.
Most articles will not need these in the citation since you only need to provide a retrieval date when citing from places where content may change often and without notice.
If an article doesn't appear on continuous pages, list all the page numbers the article is on, separated by commas. For example (4, 6, 12-14)
Note : All citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent in a Reference List.
A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.
Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if Given. (Year of Publication, Month Day if Given). Title of article: Subtitle if any. Name of Magazine, Volume Number (Issue Number), first page number-last page number.
Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if Given., & Last Name of Second Author, First Initial. Second Initial if Given. (Year of Publication, Month Day if Given). Title of article: Subtitle if any. Name of Magazine, Volume Number (Issue Number), first page number-last page number if given.
Note : Must spell out up to twenty author names. Separate the authors' names by putting a comma between them. For the final author listed add an ampersand (&) after the comma and before the final author's last name.
Article title: Subtitle if any. (Year of Publication, Month Day if Given). Name of Magazine, Volume Number (Issue Number), first page number-last page number if given.
Anonymous. (Year of Publication, Month Day if Given). Article title: Subtitle if any. Name of Magazine, Volume Number (Issue Number), first page number-last page number if given.
Note : If and only if the work is signed "Anonymous", use Anonymous where you'd normally put the author's name. If the work has no named author but is not signed "Anonymous", follow the example for Unknown Author.
Author's Last Name, First Initial. Second Initial if Given. (Year of Publication). Title of article: Subtitle if any. Name of Magazine, Volume Number (Issue Number if given), first page number-last page number if given. URL
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