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Social Work Resources: APA Style for Electronic Journals

Resources for APA Style

APA Style for writing a research paper is used primarily in the social sciences. The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) is in paper format only and can be found at the Reference Desk in the library. 

Citing Electronic Journal Articles

Citing a Scholarly Journal Article

  • Last name first followed by initials
  • Italicize journal name and volume number
  • Upper case for first letter of article title and subtitle, all other words, except proper nouns, should be lower case
  • First and last page number of article
  • Issue number, season, or month, are necessary only if journal is paginated by issue 

 Citing Electronic Journal Articles

  • Add enough information in order for others to locate the electronic resource (e.g. DOI, URL
  • DOI is an acronym for Digital Object Identifier.  It is a permanent link to an online resource represented by a string of numbers and letters
  • URL is an acronym for a Universal Resource Locator or web address.  Unlike a DOI, URLs can change and are not necessarily permanent
  • Use a DOI, if available, when citing an online resource
  • Not every online resource will have a DOI
  • If no DOI is available use the URL of the resource

 

Magazine Article from an Online Periodical when DOI is not available

 Kelly, K. (2011, March). Why the basis of the universe isn't matter or energy, it's data. Wired, 19. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com /magazine/2011/02/mf_gleick_qa/

 

Scholarly Journal Article from an Online Periodical when DOI is not available

Jitsumori, M. (2010). Do animals recognize pictures as representations of 3D objects? Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 5, 136-138. Retrieved from http://psyc.queensu.ca/ccbr/index.html

 

Article from Online Journal with a DOI (Digital Object Identifier)

Reardon, S(2011).Ten months after Deepwater Horizon, picking up the remnants of heath data. Science, 331, 1252. doi: 10.1126/science.331.6022.1252 

 

Article from an Online Database

  • Cite as you would a print journa
  •  Add enough information in order for others to locate the electronic resource (e.g. DOI, URL)
  • If there is no DOI available try to locate the main website for the journal and use the URL.  The latest version of APA Style does not recommend using the database name or URL in th citation.  It is preferred that you find the main website of the journal. If you have difficulty finding the journal website please consult with a librarian. 

 Kakhnovets, R. (2011). Relationships among personality, expectations about counseling, and help-seeking attitudes. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 11-19. Retreived from http://aca.metapress.com/openurl.asp?genre=article& eissn=1556-6676volume=89&issue=1&spage=11  

 Please refer to the Publication Manual for further information on citing electronic resources