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PSY 224 Developmental Psychology

APA Style Manual

Citing Journal Articles Found in Databases

Basic Form  (from Purdue OWL)

APA style dictates that authors are named last name followed by initials; publication year goes between parentheses, followed by a period. The title of the article is in sentence-case, meaning only the first word and proper nouns in the title are capitalized. The periodical title is run in title case, and is followed by the volume number which, with the title, is also italicized. If a DOI has been assigned to the article that you are using, you should include this after the page numbers for the article. If no DOI has been assigned and you are accessing the periodical online, use the URL of the website from which you are retrieving the periodical. APA states that including database information in citations is not necessary because databases change over time........(so if you access the article from a database, the URL does not have to be included unless your professor requires it.)


Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical,volume number(issue number), pages. http://dx.doi.org/xx.xxx/yyyyy 


Article in Journal Paginated by Volume

Journals that are paginated by volume begin with page one in issue one, and continue numbering issue two where issue one ended, etc.


Harlow, H. F. (1983). Fundamentals for preparing psychology journal articles. Journal of Comparative and Physiological Psychology, 55, 893-896.

Article in Journal Paginated by Issue

Journals paginated by issue begin with page one every issue; therefore, the issue number gets indicated in parentheses after the volume. The parentheses and issue number are not italicized or underlined.


Scruton, R. (1996). The eclipse of listening. The New Criterion, 15(3), 5-13.

Citing Sources Using EasyBib

 EasyBib Library Edition 

 Students can use the free version or sign into their individual account from using any computer with internet access.

Reminder:  Citation builders like EasyBib are  just a starting point for creation of bibliographic citations.....Be sure to check your citations against the Purdue OWL to make sure they are in correct APA format.


You can also create citations by using the printed APA style manual. 

Citation Exercise

Peer- Reviewed Article #1

Children of Incarcerated Parents: Challenges and Resiliency, in Their Own Words

by Aride Nesmith and Ebony Ruhland

Publication: Children &Youth Services Review, Oct. 2008, Vol 30, Issue 10, p 1119-1123

Database:  PsycINFO

Peer-Reviewed Article #2

Risk and Resilience Among African American Children of Incarcerated Parents

by Keva Miller

Publication: Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 15, no. 2/3, (2007): 25-37

Database: PsycArticles