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Referencing and assignment writing: Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Blogs

Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Blogs



The American Psychological Association has produced a Quick reference guide to the 7th edition that outlines how to reference books, book chapters and journal/periodical articles.


Sources that are published on an ongoing basis, either regularly or not, such as journals, magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc, are known as periodicals. References to articles published in periodicals will generally follow a similar pattern to book chapters in that the details of the main work in which the article was published goes into the WHERE element of the reference. Omit/adapt any element - as applicable to your source.

Formatting: the title of the article itself is not italicised but the periodical title is. The title of the periodical should be reproduced exactly as it appears in the cited work. The volume number is italicised but not the issue number.


Who. (When). What. Where. DOI or URL

Who: Author of article [username] or Username

When: Date of publication

What: Title of article

Where: Details of main work - Title of periodical, Volume(issue number), pp x-xx. DOI or URL


Journal article

In-text:          (Kyrios et al., 2018)      OR       ...Kyrios et al. (2018) suggest...

Reference list:   Kyrios, M., Ahern, C., Fassnacht, D. B, Nedeljkovic, M., Moulding, R. & Meyer, D. (2018). Therapist-assisted internet-based                                        cognitive behavioral therapy versus progressive relaxation in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Randomized controlled trial.                                    Journal of Medical Internet Research, 20, https://doi:10.2196/jmir.9566

Magazine article

In-text:             (Copeland, 2019)      OR Copeland (2019) suggests...

Reference list:   Copeland, L. (2019, January 26). The anti-social network: By helping other people look happy, Facebook is making                                     us sad. Slate.

Newspaper article

Gredley, R. (2020, January 31). More middle-aged Australians on Newstart. Mercury.

Blog post

Muller, G. (2019, November 29). How do you have fun and keep your job after the work Christmas Party? Psychology Blog.


Style manual

If you cannot find a specific example of what you are looking for, use the complete APA manual.

APA Style - Quick Reference Guide

Reference list abbreviations

(APA, 2020, pp. 306-307)




Revised edition

Rev. ed.

second edition   

2nd ed.

Editor (editors)

Ed. (Eds.)



no date


page (pages)

p. (pp.)

Volume (Volumes)

Vol. (Vols.)





Technical Report

Tech. Rep.