Citation Guide

Journal Article from Online Database or Website: Basic APA (6th ed.) Format

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.

What if there's more than one author or no author? 

  • Online databases include CINAHL, EBSCO, ProQuest, and PubMed Central that are accessed through the Library’s website.
  • "Because online materials can potentially change URLs, APA recommends providing a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), when it is available. DOIs are an attempt to provide stable, long-lasting links for online articles. They are unique to their documents and consist of a long alphanumeric code. Many-but not all-publishers will provide an article's DOI".
  • In an online database, the Citation Tool option will typically include the DOI.      
  • If you cannot find a DOI for an article, include the URL of the journal homepage's in a Retrieved by statement.

Journal Article from Online Database or Website: APA (6th ed.) Example with DOI

Nguyen, T. T., Gildengorin, G., Truong, A., & Mcphee, S. J. (2007). Factors influencing physicians' screening behavior for liver cancer among high-risk patients. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 22(4), 523-6.

Journal Article from Online Database or Website: APA (6th ed.) Example without DOI

Reich, D. B., Zanarini, M. C., & Fitzmaurice, G. (2012). Affective lability in bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 53(3), 230-7. Retrieved from