APA Style: Adding websites, newspaper articles, electronic sources


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Bibliography APA Style Source Info

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When you are getting your sources, collect these pieces of information:

- Authors' names

- Date of publication

- Title

- Date you accessed the information (if online)

- Name of publication or website

- Name or electronic database if used


Basic format: Website

      Last name of author, first initial. (Year published). Title of article. Retrieved Month day, year, from name of site.

Sample: website

      Brown, M. (2009). The signs of anorexia in teens. Retrieved January 23, 2010, from http://www.canuwrite.com.

Basic format: Newspaper articles

     Title of article. (year published, Month day). Name of newspaper, pp. ##.

Sample: Newspaper articles

     Pulawnee County cancer rates increase. (1992, September 23). The Augusta Herald, pp. A4, A12.

Basic format: Electronic Journal Article From a Database

      Author's last name, first initial of first name. (year published). Article name. Title of Journal with Capitalized Words, volume number if applicable, page numbers. Retrieved from name of database.

Sample: electronic journal

      Browning, C. (2010). French-Canadians and the Mill culture. Inside Diversity, 17-35. Retrieved from International Studies ISP database.

Adding websites step by step to bibliography

1. Write the author's name, last name followed by the first letter of their first name. Put a period.

2. Write the year the article was published, if available, inside parenthesis. Close the parenthesis and put a period.

3. Write the name of the article in italics followed by a period.

4. Write the name you accessed the article, as Retrieved month day, comma, year, comma.

5. Write from and the name of the website followed by a period.

Adding Newspaper article to bibliography step by steps

1. Write the article's title followed by a period.

2. Write the date of publication inside parenthesis. Put the year, comma, month spelled out (not abbreviated) then the date. Close the parenthesis and put a period.

3. Write the name of the newspaper in italics followed by a comma.

4. Put the page or pages the article appeared on. Use pp. to stand for pages.

Steps to add electronic journal to bibliography

1. Author - Write the author's last name, a comma, then the first letter in their first name (and the first letter of their middle name if available). Put a period after their initial (or inititals).

2. If there is more than one author, put them in alphabetical order. Before the last author, use an ampersand which looks like & instead of the word "and".

3. Write the year the article was published in parentheses. Put a period.

5. Write the title of the article. Do not use quotes, underline or italics. Just use normal font. Put a period after. Only the first word of the articles's title and any proper nouns should be capitalized. Proper nouns include people's names, business names, countries and specific places. The title may start with a few words, followed by a colon and then the rest of the title. In that case, capitalize the first word after the colon.

7. Write the title of the journal and underline it. Put a period after. Capitolize the first letter of every word in the title, with the exception of articles such as the, an and a. Put a comma, then write the volume number of the journal, also underlined. If there is an issue number, put it after the volume number in parentheses.

8. Following the journal name, put a comma, then put the page numbers referenced.

9. Write Retrieved from and write the name of the database, followed by a period.

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