Magazine article from a database: different from print version [from Electronic source using APA 6th ed.]


Unlike academic journals, magazines and trade publications often do not have volume and part numbers, and are commonly identified by the date of issue. If these volume and part, or issue numbers are used, include them in the reference, but also use the fuller date format applicable when there is no volume/issue number.

This format is much like that for a general webpage, except that you need to use the complete publication date shown in the article and you need to give the title of the magazine.

Give the web address (or URL) of the article. A URL (Uniform Resource Locator) is the technical term for a webpage address. URLs can change, for example if the material you are viewing is generated 'on-the-fly' using content management software. URLs from these sites may be only viewable at the time of retrieval.

Whenever possible the URL you give should be a stable URL and link directly to the webpage itself. A stable URL, also known as a 'permalink' will not be generated 'on-the-fly' and is more likely to remain accessible. To check if a link to a URL is stable, paste the link into the address bar of an Internet browser to make sure that it works.

The Discovery Service provides a permanent link known as a 'Permalink' for each item in its index, including those in HTML format.  To see the Permalink, click on the title of the item and look under Tools on the right-hand-side of the screen where you will see a Permalink link. Click on this link and the URL will be displayed for you to copy and paste into your reference.

If there is no stable URL for the item, give the URL of the database or magazine homepage e.g. for journal articles from the Nexis UK database. Do not include the name of the database.

Although you must give the full web address (or URL) in your reference list, you do not show this in the body of your essay. Your in-text reference must match the start of the reference as it appears in your reference list. Use the author if your reference has one; otherwise use the first few words of the title.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of Magazine, start page number-end page number [if available]. Retrieved from web address


Bradesco leads the way in biometric banking in Brazil. (2013, October 1). The Banker. Retrieved from

Walt, V. (2013, January 14). Meet the third-richest man in the world. Fortune. Retrieved from

Citation in Text

This breakthrough reconfirms Bradesco's outstanding position in terms of innovation ("Bradesco leads the way in biometric banking in Brazil", 2013).


  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.
  • Named authors (bylines) are sometimes found at the end of articles in magazines.
  • If there is no identifiable author (byline), begin your reference with the title of the article. Cite the first few words of the article title in the text of your work and use double quotation marks around the title.
  • If page numbers are discontinuous, give all page numbers and separate the numbers with a comma.