How do I cite a scholarly journal article from a library database using APA citation style?


APA 7th ed. Citations for Scholarly Journal Articles from a Library Database paired with parenthetical citations.

  • Generally, library databases are no longer included in the reference citation.
  • Always include the DOI, if provided, but do not include date retrieved, or the URL.
  • Articles with three to twenty authors should include all the authors in the reference list citation.


Lamont & Kennelly, 2012, p. 239).

Lamont, M., & Kennelly, M. (2012). A qualitative exploration of participant motives among committed amateur triathletes. Leisure Sciences, 34(3), 236–255. https://doi:10.1080/01490400.2012.669685

(West et al., 2016, p. 33).

West, J., Rhoden, C., Robinson, P. D., Castle, P. C., & St. Clair Gibson, A. (2016). How motivated are you? Exploring the differences between motivational profiles and personality traits. Sport & Exercise Psychology Review, 12(1), 28–42.  

  • Last Updated Apr 20, 2022
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