Magazine article from a website: 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.

Webpages can be volatile and subject to unannounced change. Unlike printed newspapers where the text is captured at the point of publication and cannot be amended or suppressed, newspaper websites may be altered or removed to limit any financial liability if there is any threat of legal action. Therefore, it is important include the web address (or URL) for the webpage you accessed, as it may not be at that location when your work is assessed. 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. If there is no stable URL for the item, give the homepage of the website.

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. Retrieved from web address


With stable URL

Wiseman, E. (2013, October 20). Supermarket romance. The Observer. Retrieved from

Without stable URL

Hofkins, D. (2005, April 25). Sounding out the truth. Times Educational Supplement. Retrieved from

Citation in Text

"Nobody was ready for this blue-tinted wind ... (Wiseman, 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.