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APA 7 Citation Style: Journals/Newspapers

Students' guide to APA 7

General Information About Journals

Sometimes your professors will tell you that you need to use scholarly resources, scholarly articles, and/or peer-reviewed sources. What your professors usually mean is that they want you to use the library's databases.  However, if you come across a journal article online, you need to determine whether that articles comes from a scholarly journal, a popular magazine, or a trade journal.  When you are doing research for your academic assignments, you want to use scholarly (academic) journals rather than popular magazines or trade journals. Here's how you can tell the difference:




Sources Without Authors

Whenever you have a source that does not have a specific author, you can use the name of an organization in the author position.  For example, if you are getting information from the American Psychological Association's website (a great resource, by the way!), then you can list the American Psychological Association as the author if none is given. 


American Psychological Association. (2020). Controlling anger before it controls you

In-text (Parenthetical) Citation
(American Psychological Association, 2020)


However, if that is not an option, you move the title to the position of author.  


Journal Article Example

The transfer dilemma. (2002).  Journal of the Learning Sciences11(1), 1–24. 

In-text (Parenthetical) Citation

("The Transfer Dilemma," 2002)


Webpage Example

Psychosis disorders. (2020).

In-text (Parenthetical) Citation

("Psychosis Disorders," 2020)


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