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Answered By: Julie LaDell-Thomas
Last Updated: Nov 04, 2014     Views: 1639

Some journal articles found in databases do not include page numbers, which can make citation tricky. If you cannot locate page numbers for a specific passage in article you want to cite, a good practice is to try to include information that will help readers find the passage being cited. When an electronic document has numbered paragraphs, use the abbreviation "para." followed by the paragraph number (Hall, 2001, para. 5). For example:

Miller (2007) asserts that "sleeping disorders are common among women over the age of 50" (para. 9).

If you are citing such an article from an online journal in your list of references, you should cite it as normal without including page information. You will want to include the URL from which you got the article, however. Here's an example:

Kenneth, I. A. (2000). A Buddhist response to the nature of human rights. Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 8. Retrieved from http://www.cac.psu.edu/jbe/twocont.html

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