Q. The library database article I chose does not show the author name. Is it alright to use Anonymous?


If the author is not identified, you should start the citation with the article title. The citation should have the following elements, in the order shown:

Article title. (date). Journal Title, volume(issue), pages. Retrieved from <name of the database>.


Article: No author

Manna for Motown; Detroit's bankruptcy. (2013, October 5). The Economist, 409(8856), 32(US). Retrieved from Newsstand database.

For more examples, see the APA Help guide.

Contact your Library/ARC for further help.


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