Citations from Magazines

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Instructor: Stacy Redd

Stacy has taught college English and has a master's degree in literature.

This video covers citing magazines both in text and in the reference page. The lesson addresses citation formats in both APA and MLA. It's important to note the differences, since both expect specific citation styles.

Citing Magazines in Academic Work

If you're using a magazine as a source in your academic writing, you'll need to know how to cite it properly, both in the body text of your paper and in your works cited page. I'm going to go over the information you need to cite a magazine and the proper citations in both APA and MLA formats.

Information Needed from the Magazine

To properly cite a magazine in an academic work, you'll need to know the following pieces of information:

  • The magazine's name
  • The publication date
  • The issue and volume numbers
  • The title of your article
  • The author of your article
  • The page numbers on which the article can be found

Assuming you still have the magazine you used in your work, finding all of this information should be easy. The magazine's name, publication date, volume and issue numbers should all be on the cover of the magazine. Sometimes, if a publication is monthly or quarterly, you may only find the month and year of publication and not a specific date - and that is fine.

The volume number refers to the number of years a magazine has been in publication and the issue number is the sequence in which that issue falls for the current year. For instance, a magazine labeled 'Volume 10, Issue 7' tells us this is the magazine's 10th year in publication and this is the 7th issue published in this year.

The remaining pieces of information will come from the article you used in your paper. You'll need to make sure you get the full names of the author or authors, the article's title and the number of the page or pages the article is on.

Citing Magazines in APA

Once you have the information you need, you're ready to cite. As always, you need to make sure you know which citation format you're expected to use. We'll quickly cover how to cite magazines in APA and MLA formats.

For APA:

The minimum amount of information you'll need to provide is the author's last name and the year of publication, like this example:

(Smith, 2012)

If the article has two authors, you will cite the name of both authors like this:

(Smith & Johnson, 2012)

Pretty simple. In your reference page, you'll need to format your magazine citation like this:

Smith, K. (2012, August 8). Magazine Citations and You. Periodicals Monthly, 10 (7), 8-10.

You can see all of the information you just collected in this citation: the author's name, the publication date, the article title, the magazine's name, its volume and issue number, and the article's page numbers. Pay close attention to the punctuation used in the citation, as it is very important to preserving the APA style.

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