Citation Guide

How to cite a magazine in a bibliography using Turabian

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

Last Name, First Name. "Article Title." Magazine Name, Publication Date.

Smith, John. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009.

The first author's name should be reversed, with a comma being placed after the last name and a period after the first name (or any middle name/initial). The name should be written as it appears in the magazine. A suffix, such as a roman numeral or Jr./Sr. should appear after the author's given name, preceded by a comma.

For an article written by two or more authors, list them in order as they appear in the magazine. Only the first author's name should be reversed, while the others are written in normal order. Separate author names by a comma, and place the word "and" before the last author's name. Include each author's name in the citation - never use "et al" in place of anyone's name.

Smith, John, Jane Doe, and Bob Anderson. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009.

The full article title, which is followed by a period, should be placed within quotation marks. Place the period within the quotation marks. Use the headline style of capitalization. The article title is followed by the name of the magazine, which is italicized. Place a comma after the magazine name.

Cite magazine articles by a date, even if volume and issue numbers are available. The complete date of the magazine article should be written in the "month day, year" format. The publication date may consist of a complete date (e.g. January 1, 2009), a period that spans multiple months (March - April 2009), or simply a month and year (e.g. February 2009). Give whatever publication date information is available. End the citation with a period.

Smith, John, and Jane Doe. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January - February 2009.

You may omit the inclusive page numbers, but if you choose to include them in your citation, place them between the publication date and the subsequent period, preceded by a comma.

Smith, John. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009, 21-23.

If the article was published online, include the web address of the article, and then place the word "accessed", along with the date on which you accessed the website (written in the format of "month day, year") in parentheses. Conclude the citation with a period after the parentheses. For an article found in a database, cite it the same way you would an article published online: place the database URL in place of the website URL and cite the date on which you accessed the article.

Smith, John. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009. http://www.time.com/news/obama_inaugurated.html (accessed February 21, 2009).

Smith, John. "Obama Inaugurated as President." Time, January 21, 2009. http://www.lexisnexis.com (accessed February 21, 2009).