Reference machine: A Newspaper or Magazine Article - APA style

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On this page: How to do a bibliographic reference for a newspaper or magazine article .

Related pages: Referencing, Reference Machines for in-text citation, a book, an article in a journal, an edited book, an Internet reference, an online image, or music.

Example (Move your mouse over the words to see an explanation):

Chapel, C. (2003, January 25). Speak and write better with a click or a course. South China Morning Post, p.16.

Bibliography entry for a newspaper or magazine article.
(Using the APA style.)

Fill in the boxes, and then press the 'Create Reference' button:

  1. Main author's family name: ->   e.g. Wong (Help )

    If there is no author, click here.

  2. Main author's initials: e.g. W.M. (Help)

    If there is a second author, fill in points 3. and 4. If there is only one author, go on to number 7.

  3. Second author's family name: e.g. Chan (Help)
  4. Second author's initials: e.g. K.K. (Help)

    If there is a third author, fill in points 5. and 6. If there are only two authors, go on to number 7.
  5. Third author's family name: e.g. Fu (Help)
  6. Third author's initials: e.g. W.M.(Help)
  7. Name of the newspaper or magazine:  e.g. Time
  8. Title of the story or article. Use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word. If there is a sub-title, use a capital letter for the first letter of the first word of the sub-title.


  9. Page numbers of the words you are referring to: e.g. 27, 1-5, or 1,6,9

  10. What month was it published?

  11. What date was it published?

  12. What year was it published? e.g.

  13. Click here for your reference:

    Click this button to make a new reference:

    For frequently-asked questions about the APA style, click here.


Author's Family Name Help:

If you can't find an author's name, for example in a newspaper or magazine, use the title of the newspaper or magazine.

Do not use 'et al.' in bibliographies: quote the names of all the authors and/or editors.

If you don't know which name is the family name and which are the other names:

  1. Look at the pages in the front of the book for the Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. If you see the author's name with a comma after the first word, then that first word is the author's family name.
  2. Use the library catalogue to search for the title of the book, then look for the author's name.
  3. Search for the book at or Barnes and Noble, find the book by its title, then look for the author's family name.
  4. Check the list of other names.
  5. If you can't find the information in the sources above, use all of the name.

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Author's Initials Help

The author's initials are the first letters of each of the author's other names. For example, if the author is Chan Wai Man, then the initials are W. M.

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Last updated on: Friday, August 19, 2016