Answered By: Gabe Gossett
Last Updated: Jan 14, 2016     Views: 208

The basic format for citing peer-reviewed journal articles is as follows (DOIs are not always available and issue numbers are not necessary for journals with continuous pagination throughout a volume):

Author1, A. A., Author2, B. B., & Author3, C. C. (YEAR). Title of the article. Title of the Journal, Volume#(Issue#), start_page-end_page. doi:xx.xxxxx.xxx

With most articles found in databases you should treat just as you would an article citation coming from a print version of the journal, which means no URL and no database listing (an old version of APA required databases to be listed, but the 6th edition does not).  Unless your instructor asks you to include the journal homepage URL, it is best practice to leave it out.  

If the database redirects you to an open access version of the article then you should have "Accessed from http:www.put_a_working_URL_here.edu" at the end of the citation.  Open access journals are those that are free on the web and do not require a subscription to access them (as student or faculty at Western you are included in the WWU Libraries subscriptions).  If you are having trouble determining whether a source is from a subscription or open access contact a librarian using the information to the right and we will be happy to help you find out.

If an article has a DOI that should always be included at the end of a citation and supercedes the need for URLs.  DOIs should be formatted in the following manner: doi:xxxxx.xxxx.xxxxxx

(APA 6th Ed., 2010, pp. 198-199)