PSY 317 Psychology of Personal and Social Adjustment - Chenier: APA Citations

APA 7 Citation Basics for Journal Articles & Books

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

Journal Article

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

Journal Article with DOI*

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


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of book: The subtitle. Publisher. DOI (if available)

Book Chapter

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (Year of publication). Title of chapter. In A. Editor & B. Editor (Eds.), Title of book (pp. x-xx). Publisher. DOI (if available)

*A DOI, or digital object identifier, is a unique number assigned to an individual electronic item, such as an online journal article. APA 7 requires a DOI for all works that have one.

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.B. (Year, Month Date). Title of page. Site name. URL

Example: Becker, D. (2017, Oct 5). Widow and orphans and bears, oh my! APA Style Blog.

News Articles

Author, A. B. (Year, Month Date). Title of article. Title of Newspaper/Publication. URL

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

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.