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Social Work Resources: APA Style for Print Journal Articles

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 Print 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 (See below)
Single Author


Kakhnovets, R. (2011). Relationships among personality, expectations about counseling, and help-seeking attitudes. Journal of Counseling & Development, 89, 11-19.


Two Authors

  • List in order of appearance on title page
  • Use commas to separate authors
  • Use ampersand before last author

 Logan, C., & Johnstone, L. (2010). Personality disorder and violence: Making the link through risk formulation. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 610-633.


Three to Seven Authors

   Wade-Galuska, T., Galuska, C. M., & Winger. G. (2011). Effects of daily morphine administration and deprivation on choice and demand for remifentanil and cocaine in rhesus monkeys. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 95, 75-89.


More Than Seven Authors

  • List first six authors
  • Add ...
  • List the last author

 Poljac, E., Simon, S., Ringlever, L., Kalcik, D., Groen, W. B., Buitelaar, J. K., ... Bekkering, H. (2010). Impaired task switching performance in children with dyslexia but not in children with autism. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 63, 401-416.


Journal paginated by issue, not by volume

 Tell, D. (2004). Burke's encounter with ransom: Rhetoric and epistemology in "Four Master Tropes." Rhetoric Society Quarterly  34(4), 33-54.


Please refer to the Publication Manual for further information on citing scholarly journal articles