APA Style, 6th Edition

HOW TO CITE A JOURNAL ARTICLE WITH DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI)

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Date of publication). Title of article in sentence case: Capitalize first word of subtitle. Title of Journal in Mixed Case and Italics, volume number in italics(issue number in brackets), first page-last page. doi:10..xxx/yyyyy 

Formatted example:

There are two options for citing this source in-text:

1) Last names of author(s), date of publication, and page number(s) are placed in brackets at the end of the sentence:

(Spitz & Hunter, 2005, p. 172).

2) Alternatively, the citation may be integrated into the sentence with a signal phrase and narrative:

Spitz and Hunter (2005) examined how some assumptions about Napster have gained currency while others have not (p. 172).


APA rules for in-text citation change depending on the number/type of author(s)Count the authors and follow the rule below:

Work with ONE author
Work with TWO authors
Work with THREE to FIVE authors
Work with SIX or more authors
Work with a GROUP, ORGANIZATION or CORPORATE author
Work with NO author specified
INTERVIEW or PRESENTATION (Unpublished)
SECONDARY SOURCE (A source found inside a source)
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   Original source of example (catalogue/database record):


*A digital object identifier (doi) is a combination of letters and numbers assigned to a publication in electronic (online) format, such as a journal article in a database. There are 2 ways to identify a doi:

  1. Begins with http://dx.doi.org/ (e.g.: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028240)
  2. Begins with 10 followed by a period (e.g: 10.1037/a0028240)

Like a serial number or web address (URL), a doi provides a permanent way of locating a publication that does not rely on the URL. Click here to learn more about finding a doi in the library's catalogue/databases.