Q. I used a citation tool (e.g., Citefast) to create a reference for a psychology article I found online. How do I check if the APA format is correct?

This is the webpage where I read the article: http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2123.html -- and this is what Citefast automatically produced as the entry for the bibliography: "Diagnosis and Treatment of Acne - American Family Physician. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2123.html"

Answer

Unfortunately, the automatic citation tools can't always "read" all the correct information for a journal article.  For example, Citefast didn't detect the authors of the article.  If you had told Citefast you were citing a "Journal" rather than a "Webpage", it would have prompted you to double-check and fill in extra information like the date and the authors.

Google Scholar is a handy way to search for the full-text of academic articles and to check how the article would be formatted in a bibliography, depending on what style you choose.

See this tutorial showing how to use the Google Scholar button to generate a bibliography entry in APA for a particular article: http://ior.ad/hMP

For example, that article should look like this in an APA bibliography:

Feldman, S., Careccia, R. E., Barham, K. L., & Hancox, J. (2004). Diagnosis and treatment of acne. American Family Physician, 69(9), 2123-2138. Retrieved from http://www.aafp.org/afp/2004/0501/p2123.html

The APA in-text citation for this article would look like this:

"Four factors are believed to cause acne (Feldman, Careccia, Barham, & Hancox, 2004, p. 2123)."

For more information about the APA style, see the library research guide on the APA style:  http://research.uwcsea.edu.sg/apa

  • Last Updated May 25, 2017
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