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SPAN 3240 - Introduction to the Study of Spanish Linguistics

A course-specific guide created to aid students in the Spanish 3240 class.

APA Style Citation for Journal Article


Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.


Gottvall, M., Brunell, C., Eldebo, A., Metso, F. J., Jirwe, M., & Carlsson, T. (2023). Post‐migration psychosocial experiences and challenges amongst LGBTQ+ forced migrants: A meta‐synthesis of qualitative reports. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 79(1), 358–371.


  • Author's names are ordered: Last, First Initial
  • Only include the year for the date
  • The title of the article is in sentence case: Only the first letter and any proper nouns are capitalized
  • The journal title is italicized and in Title Case
  • The volume number is also italicized
  • The issue number is in (parentheses)
  • The DOI can be formatted as a link ( or as a number (DOI: 10.1111/jan.15480). If there is no DOI, use a permalink from the Library Search item record or the database you found it in.
  • Create a half-inch hanging indent

Citation Information on Item Record

Parts of a citation:

1. Title

2. Authors

3. Journal Title, Year, volume (issue), page numbers

4. DOI

5. Permalink

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Citing Your Own Translation

When you translate a source in your own work, due to the nuances that can be lost in translation, it is considered a paraphrase, not a direct quote. These translations must be cited. For more information, read this post on the APA Style Blog: How to cite your own translations


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  • Export directly from Library Search, databases, Google Scholar, etc.
  • Enter citation information manually or edit what is automatically generated
  • Sort your citations and sources into folders and use tags
  • Use the built-in PDF reader to take notes directly on documents
  • Download the Microsoft Word plugin to create citations and bibliographies in your documents

Citation Style Guides

Check out our Citing Sources Guide for helpful resources on how to cite your sources in APA, MLA, and Chicago formats. Purdue OWL and Excelsior College OWL also have helpful guides for each style with examples. Always check with your instructor on what style they want you to use and if there are any specific modifications they would like.

If you're still unsure of how to cite something, contact a librarian.