Academic journal article from a database: different from print version [from Electronic source using APA 5th ed.]


Use the format for a journal article and add a retrieval date, plus the name of the database (you do not need to give the internet address of the database).

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year, plus month and day if given). Title of article. Title of Journal, Volume number(Issue number) - if available. Retrieved month day, year, from database name.


Lyttelton, C. (2002, October 1). Estate of the art. ArtReview. Retrieved July 19, 2009, from Nexis UK database.

Soft isn't safe. (2006, April 3). The Economist. Retrieved July 31, 2007, from Business Source Complete database.

Zlotnick, D. M. (1995). Empowering the battered woman: The use of criminal contempt sanctions to enforce civil protection orders. Ohio State Law Journal. Retrieved February 9, 2011, from Lexis Library database.

Citation in Text

Lyttelton (2002, p. 68) describes the revival of the country estate patronage of the arts ...

British homeowners can take comfort ("Soft isn't safe", 2006, para. 6) .....

In order to protect women who find themselves in this position (Zlotnick, 1995, pp.1154-1155) ...


  • Articles in this format may quote the page range of the original print version, but it may not be possible to pinpoint the actual page number for the in-text citation. You can omit the page number from the in-text citation or use the paragraph number preceded by the abbreviation para.
  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.