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How to Cite a Review in APA Format


In American Psychological Association style, cite reviews as you would cite articles. How you cite a review depends on the type of publication in which it appears and the type of work being reviewed.

Citing a Magazine Review

To cite a magazine or newspaper review in APA format, include the name of the review and the publication in which it was printed. In addition, the name of the publication being reviewed and the name of its author are included in brackets after the review title. Use the following format:

Author Last Name, First Initial(s). (Year, Month Day if applicable). Title of review: Subtitle if needed [Review of the publication type Publication title, by author first initial(s) last name]. Title of publication, volume number (issue number), page number(s).

For example:

Georgio, P. (2002, March 7). No fire, no disco, no light [Review of the book Disco inferno, by D. Valentine]. Newsweek, 7(3), 34-35.

Citing an Online Review

Cite an online magazine or newspaper by noting the URL at the end of your citation. Volume, issue and page numbers are not needed:

Hermes, W. (2015, April 7). Beat the champ [Review of the album Beat the Champ, by J. Darnielle, P. Hughes, & J. Wurster]. Rolling Stone. Retrieved from http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/the-mountain-goats-beat-the-champ-20150407

A review posted on a blog does not require a publication name but should note that it was a blog post:

Morgenstern, H. (2014, April 23). Film Review: ‘Jodorowsky’s Dune’ celebrates the creativity necessary to do justice in sci-fi cinema [Blog post] [Review of the film Jodorowsky's Dune, by F. Pavich]. Retrieved from https://indieethos.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/film-review-jodorowskys-dune-celebrates-the-creativity-necessary-to-do-justice-in-sci-fi-cinema/

In-Text Citation

When you reference or quote your review in the body of your text, include an in-text citation that notes your source. Include the author name and year of publication -- month and date are not needed. Also include a page number if you directly quote your source:

While praising the "ironic 70s throwback style," criticism is still directed at "macho posturing" (Georgio, 2002, p. 35).

About the Author

Jon Zamboni began writing professionally in 2010. He has previously written for The Spiritual Herald, an urban health care and religious issues newspaper based in New York City, and online music magazine eBurban. Zamboni has a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies from Wesleyan University.