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I have to cite an article in APA format but I can't find any page numbers. What do I do?

Last Updated: Apr 05, 2017  |  3 Views

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For the References page, you can follow the general format for citing journal articles, just leaving out the page numbers.

For the in-text (parenthetical) citation, the official APA rule is to include a paragraph number. This usually means you will need to count paragraphs down from the beginning of the article.

Here are your options:

"... you can include any of the following in the text to cite the quotation" (APA Manual)

  1. A paragraph number, if provided; alternatively, you could count paragraphs down from the beginning of the document.
  2. An overarching heading plus a paragraph number within that section.
  3. A short title in quotation marks, in cases in which the heading is too unwieldy to cite in full.

Examples:

  1. (Basu & Jones, 2007, para. 4)
  2. (Basu & Jones, 2007, "Stalking," para. 3)
  3. (Basu & Jones, 2007, "Cyberspace Sociality – Space and Community")
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