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The proper way to cite an article from an online database in APA style is:

Author (year). Article title. Journal Title. Volume number (issue number), pages. Retrieved [date] from [database name].


Select the correct citation for the article in the example above:

  • Done, T., Ellison, J., & Finlayson, M. (2004). Coastal & marine. Ecological Management & Restoration, 5(3), 214. Retrieved July 20, 2006 from the Academic Search Premier database.
  • Done, T., Ellison, J., & Finlayson, M. (2004). Ecological management & restoration. Coastal & Marine, 5(3), 2. Retrieved July 20, 2006 from the Academic Search Premier database.

In the first example, the author, title, and other elements needed for APA style are listed here in the correct order. In the second example, the article title and journal title are reversed, and the page number is incorrect. Picky? A reader wanting the original article would struggle to find the non-existent journal, Coastal & Marine.