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How to Cite Page Numbers in APA Format

In-Text Citations

When only one page is being cited in text, the word page is abbreviated as p. and placed in the parentheses of an in-text citation after the year. For example, (Author, 1962, p. 1). When more than one page is being cited in-text, a pp. is placed in the parentheses of an in-text citation after the year. For example, (Author, 1962, pp. 1-2).

Reference List Entries

When citing a book chapter or an article from a newspaper, p. and pp. are used as they are for in-text citations. For example, Author, A. (1962). Article title here. Newspaper, pp. 1-5. When citing a magazine or journal article, the p. or pp. is omitted when a journal or magazine includes a volume or issue number. For example, Author, A. (1962). Article title here. Magazine 1(1), 1-5. When a magazine or journal article does not include a volume or issue number, the p. or pp. remains. For example, Author, A. (1962). Article title here. Journal, pp. 1-5. The name of the newspaper, magazine, or journal in each citation is italicized.

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About the Author

Sara Dailey has a B.S. and M.A in English, and a M.F.A in Poetry and has been publishing poems and essays since 1994. Her full-length collection, "Earlier Lives," is available from Dos Madres Press. She works as a teacher and editor in St. Paul.