How to Cite Articles in Periodicals in APA

APA periodical format is not so difficult as it seems to be.

Remember these two things:

  • the titles of the articles need to be in sentence-case (only the first letter is big);
  • the author’s last name is followed by their initials.

That’s it.

Now all you have to do is to find the exact type of source you need to cite and copy its format in your paper.

In our citation examples we use the following color coding:

  • Red – Author
  • Blue – Title of book/article/charter/webpage
  • Pink – Date
  • Green – Title of journal
  • Violet – Editor/Translator
  • Black – Volume/Issue
  • Sienna – Pages
  • Gray – URL/database/website where the source is retrieved
  • Gold – Book, a part/chapter of which is being cited
  • Peach – Additional information about the source (i.e. its type, specific features etc.)



Columbus, L. (2016, March 16). Roundup of cloud computing forecasts and market

estimates. Forbes Magazine, 215, 1-3.

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Gellman, B., & Nakashima, E. (2013, July 25). US spy agencies mounted 231 offensive cyber-

operations in 2011, documents show. Washington Post, pp. C3-C4.

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Database article


Williams, P. (2014). Emotions and consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Research, 40(5),

8-11. Retrieved from

Letter to the editor


Jenkins, J. (2017, January). It’s time for the president to take responsibility for his words and

actions [Letter to the editor]. The Washington Post, 233, 17.

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Raab, J. (2014). Extending our knowledge on network governance [Review of the book

Uniting diverse organizations: Managing goal-oriented advocacy networks, by A. Saz-Carranza]. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 24(2), 1-4.

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