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PSY 317 Psychology of Adjustment: APA Citations

APA Citation Basics for Journal Articles & Books

The primary point of a citation is to enable your reader to easily find your source. Every source referred to in the text of your paper should appear in the reference list. 

Journal Article

Author, A. & Author, B. B. (Year). Title of article: The subtitle. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages x-y.

Journal Article with DOI*

Author, A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. (Year). Title of article: The subtitle. Title of Journal, volume number(issue number), pages. 

Book Chapter

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pages of chapter). Location: Publisher.

*A DOI is a unique number assigned to an individual electronic item, such as an online journal article. 

Citation Generators

Citation Generators in PsycINFO & Google Scholar

Tools like PsycINFO and Google Scholar also provide you with APA formatted references. In PsycINFO, select the items you want citations for, then click "Cite" in the upper toolbar. In Google Scholar, click "Cite" for the individual article in the results list. ALWAYS carefully double check the citation and make corrections as needed before turning in your assignment: 

News Articles & Webpages


Author, A. (date). Title of document [Format description]. Retrieved from http://URL

Example: Becker, D. (2017, Oct 5). Widow and orphans and bears, oh my! [Blog post]. Retrieved from

News Articles

From Purdue OWL

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from

Example: Parker-Pope, T. (2008, May 6). Psychiatry handbook linked to drug industry. The New York Times. Retrieved from

APA Publication Manual

Complete instructions on citing and useful information on writing style and content can be found in the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Society. We have multiple copies in the Library in reference and on reserve; it's also worth considering buying your own if you are in the social sciences.