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Citation Guide: Magazines

Help with citing your sources for a research paper.

Essential Elements

Magazine citations should include the following information:

  • Author(s) Names
  • Publication Date
  • Title of Article
  • Title of Magazine
  • Volume Number of Magazine
  • Issue Number of Magazine
  • Page Numbers of Article

You may also need:

  • The URL address for the magazine
  • The DOI (if available)


- Include as much information about the publication date as available. For print magazines, this may be the month and year of publication. Magazine articles published online may include a full date.

- Capitalize only the first word of the article's title and subtitle. All other words should be in lowercase except for proper nouns.

- Do not use quotation marks around article titles.

- Italicize magazine titles. All main words in the magazine title should be capitalized.

- If your citation includes a DOI or URL, do not end the citation with a period.

Sample Citations - Magazines

Article in a Print Magazine



Magazine Article Accessed Online

APA does not distinguish between articles accessed through a database and articles accessed via the Web. Cite the article as you would a print article, followed by:

  • The URL of the magazine's home page (not the database in which you retrieved it). You may have to do a quick internet search to locate the URL for the journal home page.
  • Do not include page numbers for magazine articles accessed online.