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APA (7th ed.) Citing Guide: Articles: Magazines

APA 7th Edition

This guide is representative of the 7th edition Publication Manual of APA and focuses on a student paper structure.

APA examples are not exhaustive and focus on referencing and citations. Assistance from your professor and/or Writing Centre is suggested for clarification.

Users are responsible for interpretation of APA style guidelines and to seek further assistance when necessary.

Effective September 2020.

What are Magazines?

Magazine articles:

  • have a trade or industry or general/popular focus
  • are often shorter articles with more images; more readable; may use words specific to the industry or trade; do not always have references
  • edited for publication and an author may or may not be listed
  • may be published weekly, monthly, or on a less regular schedule
  • published in paper or electronic format
  • may be found on the web or in a database
  • examples: Science, Nature, National Geographic, Macleans, Newsweek, Popular Photography, Bakers Journal

Magazine reference list entries have multiple date formats possible. Depending on what date elements (year, month, day) are present , include all in the reference list entry. Examples: (2020, March 17) or (2020, March)

For another illustration, check the APA Style website here.

Magazine Article With a DOI

Reference list entry:

Pearce, F. (2019, November 2). Rivers in the sky. New Scientist, 244 (3254), 40–43.

Magazine Article Without a DOI

Reference list entry:

Badelt, B. (2014, January/February). A neighborhood remembered. Canadian Geographic134 (1), 26.  

Magazine Article Online

Reference list entry:

Mitchell, A. (2019, December 27). Quantum computing could solve problems we don't even know we have. Maclean's. 

In-Text Citation

For all of the examples above, the in-text citation follows the same format. Refer to the Publication Manual, Section 8.17 for explanation with multiple authors.

Parenthetical citation format: (last name of author(s), year)

e.g. (Mitchell, 2019)

Narrative citation format: include the author's or authors' names in the sentence, with the date in brackets

e.g. Mitchell (2019) wrote...

More in-text citation information on this guide.