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Family Life Education Methodology: Print Articles

Print articles from journals

To write a citation for a printed journal article you need the following pieces of information:

  • Author(s)
  • Year
  • Article title
  • Journal title (this is italicized)
  • Volume number (this is italicized)
  • Issue number (sometimes you need this and sometimes you don't, it depends on how the journal pages itself. If each issue begins on with page 1 then you need the issue number. If the pages numbers continue from the previous issue then you do not need the issue number.)
  • Page numbers


Agodini, R., & Harris, B. (2010). An experimental evaluation of four elementary school math curricula. Journal of Research on

Educational Effectiveness, 3, 199-253.

Al Otaiba, S., Conor, C., Lane, H., Kosanovich, M., Schatschneider, C., Dyrlund, A. K.,...Wright, T. (2008). Reading First kindergarten

classroom instruction and students' growth in phonological awareness and letter naming-decoding fluency. Journal of

School Psychology, 46, 281-314. 

Bolick, C. M., Adams, R., & Willox, L. (2010). The marginalization of elementary Social

Studies in teacher education. Social Studies Research and Practice, 5(2), 1-22.

(Notice this journal starts each issue on page one so we use the issue number. The issue number is always behind the volume number an is in (). While the volume number is italicized, the issue number is not)

Print articles from magazines

To write a citation for a printed magazine article you need the following pieces of information:

  • Author(s)
  • Date (Year, Month)
  • Article title
  • Magazine title (this is italicized)
  • Volume number (this is italicized)
  • Issue number 
  • Page numbers


Cassidy, J., & Cassidy, D. (2009, December). What's hot for 2010: 14th annual survey reveals come "crumbling pillars" of reading

instruction. Reading Today, 27(3), 1-9.

(The words crumbling pillars are in quotation marks because that is how they are written on the article. Notice the year and month are both given, as is the issue number)

Clarskson, P. (2010, March). Mathematics and water in the garden: Weaving mathematics into the students' lived environment.

Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, 15(1), 11-14. 

Journal vs. Magazine

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between a journal and a magazine?

  • Journals tend to be published every 2 or 4 months. They are peer-reviewed, this means experts in the subject area review the articles before they are accepted. They tend to publish original research and the articles published in them are long.


  • Magazines tend to be published every month. They are not peer-reviewed and the articles tend to be shorter in length. The articles tend to be more practical and less research oriented.

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