Citation Guide

How to cite a magazine in a bibliography using APA

The most basic entry for a magazine consists of the author name(s), publication date, article title, magazine name, volume number, and page numbers.

Last Name, F. (Publication Date). Article Title. Magazine Name, Volume Number, Page Numbers.

Smith, J. (2009, January 21). Obama inaugurated as President. Time, 171, 21-23.

The first author's name should be reversed, with the last name coming first, followed by a comma. First names and any middle names are given as initials, each followed by a period. A suffix, such as a roman numeral or Jr./Sr. should appear after the author's first and middle initials, preceded by a comma.

For an article written by two or more authors, separate them by comma, and use an ampersand before the last author's name. If more than six authors are cited, abbreviate the seventh author and any others that follow with "et al."

Smith, J., & Doe, J. (2009, January 21). Obama inaugurated as President. Time, 171, 21-23.

After the author names are listed, include in parentheses the publication date. The complete date of the magazine article should be given as it appears on the publication, with the year listed first, followed by a comma, and then the month and day. Place a period outside of the parentheses. Include the full article title, followed by a period. Within the title, only capitalize the first letter of the first word or any proper nouns. Afterwards, cite the name of the magazine (which is italicized), the volume number (which is italicized), and page numbers, all separated by commas.

For page numbers, include all pages the article appears on. If the article appears on non-consecutive pages, separate the pages by a comma. Do not precede the page numbers with the abbreviation "p." or "pp." End the citation with a period.

If the article was published online, include the word "Retrieved", followed by the date on which you accessed the website (written in the format of "month day, year"). Follow the date with a comma, the word "from", and the web address of the website.

Smith, J. (2009, January 21). Obama inaugurated as President. Time, 171, 21-23. Retrieved February 21, 2009, from http://www.time.com/news/obama_inaugurated.html

If the article was found in a database, include the word "Retrieved", followed by the date on which you accessed the database (written in the format of "month day, year"). Follow the date with a comma, the words "from the", the name of the database, the word "database", and a period.

Smith, J. (2009, January 21). Obama inaugurated as President. Time, 171, 21-23. Retrieved February 21, 2009, from the LexisNexis database.