Citing Sources -- APA 6th ed.

Articles from a database

 Please note that these examples refer to articles retrieved from a database as opposed to the free Internet.  For examples of citing articles on the Internet, click on the Internet resources tab above.  Also, please note that the information presented under this tab concerns the electronic retrieval aspects of formulating a citation.  For guidance on correctly citing bibliographic information (such as author names, publication dates, journal titles, etc), please see the print articles tab above.


Scholarly Journal Article:

With DOI:

Morio, H., & Buchholz, C. (2008). How anonymous are you online? Examining online social behaviors from
     a cross-cultural perspective.  AI & Society, 23(2), 297-307. doi:10.1007/s00146-007-0143-0


Without DOI:


Jacobsen, W.C. & Forste, R. (2011). The Wired Generation: Academic and Social Outcomes of Electronic
     Media Use Among University StudentsCyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking, 14(5).
     Retrieved from Academic Search Premier.


  • The Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is preferred by the APA.  In fact the Manual does not include a direct example of a citation where the database from which an article came is named, though the APA Style Guide to Electronic References says doing so is permitted in a citation.  



Based upon the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, sections 6.31 and 7.01, and the APA Style Guide to Electronic References, page 3.

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