Examples are taken from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, “Crediting Sources,” and “Reference Examples.”
Arrange entries in alphabetical order by surname of the first author. For more than one work by the same author, arrange in date order, earliest first. One-author entries precede multiple-author entries beginning with the same surname.
Journals and other periodicals:
The general format for periodicals (items published on a regular basis, like newspapers, magazines, and journals): Author, A.A., Author, B.B., & Author, C.C. (year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, xx, pp-pp. doi:xx.xxxxxxxxxx Note: DOI refers to Digital Object Identifier; see “Electronic Journal Articles,” below. If a DOI is available, include it, for both print and electronic sources (Manual, Section 6.31). When there are up to seven authors, spell out all authors’ names; beyond that use ellipses before the last author’s name.
Print journal articles (Manual section 7.01)
Mellers, B. A. (2000). Choice and the relative pleasure of consequences. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 910-924.
Saywitz, K. J., Mannarino, A. P., Berliner, L., & Cohen J. A. (2000). Treatment for sexually abused children and adolescents. American Psychologist, 55, 1040-1049.
Online magazine articles (Manual section 7.01.8)
Douglas, S. J. (2009, November). Women reach a breaking point. In These Times, 33 (11). Retrieved from http://inthesetimes.com/article/5012/women_reach_a_breaking_point/
Electronic journal articles
APA style requires the addition of a DOI – Digital Object Identifier – for electronic journal articles if one is available. (Most current journals articles and many historic articles found in PsycINFO will have a DOI.) (Note: your instructor may choose to have you do reference lists in a simpler format. Please check with them if you are not sure.) If retrieving an article from a private database (examples of private databases include library databases like ProQuest or PsycInfo), it is not necessary to include the database information in your reference. However, if there is no DOI available for a journal article, you should look up the home page URL of the journal and include it in your reference
DOI available (Manual section 6.31, and 7.01.1-2, 5) Ward, V. (2009). On Yoda, trouble, and transformation: The cultural context of therapy and supervision. Contemporary Family Therapy: An International Journal, 31(3), 171-176. doi:10.1007/s10591-009-9093-7.
No DOI Available – Include the journal’s homepage in the reference (Manual section 7.01.3-4)
Burwen, L., & Campbell, D. (1957). A comparison of test scores and role-playing behavior in assessing superior vs subordinate orientation. The Journal of Social Psychology, 46, 49-56. http://www.heldref.org/pubs/soc/about.html
No DOI, journal is online only (Manual section 7.01.3)
Cooper, A.A. & Humphreys, K.R. (2008). The uncertainty is killing me: self-triage decision making and information availability. E-Journal of Applied Psychology 4(1), 1-6. Retrieved from http://ojs.lib.swin.edu.au/index.php/ejap
Daily newspaper article, no author (Manual section 7.01.10)
New drug appears to sharply cut risk of death from heart failure. (1993, July 15). The Washington Post, p. A12.
Online newspaper article (Manual section 7.01.11)
Kever, J. (2009, December 16). New college graduates face a tough job market. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved from http://www.chron.com.