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APA 7 Citation Style: Journal Article (Online)

Students' guide to APA 7

Online Articles vs. Database Articles

This citation is not for articles you get from the WCCC databases.  This is for journal articles you may get from other online sources, but not the databases.

Please see the tab that says "Databases" for information on how to cite articles from the college's databases.

APA 7 Citation -- Online Journal Article

References List Format

Last name of author, First and middle initial of author. (Year). Title of article. Title of Magazine/Journal,

     Volume number(Issue number), page number(s). DOI or URL


In-Text Citation Format (Direct Quote)

(Author’s Last Name, Year of publication, p. #)


In-Text Citation Format (Paraphrased or Summarized)

(Author’s Last Name, Year of publication)

References List Example

Springen, K. (2004, August 9). Anxiety: Sweet, elusive sleep. Newsweek, 144(6), 47.


In-Text Citation Example (Direct Quote)

(Springen, 2004, p. 47)


In-Text Citation Example (Paraphrased or Summarized)

(Springen, 2004)

Quick Note:  If you have more than one author, you would follow the same rules for citing print books.  

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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