Cochrane reviews are great to cite in academic publications due to their systematic nature but I have no idea how to cite them in APA style because there's no obvious volume or issue to use in the citation. Here's a reference I've already tried, albeit awaiting on the volume and issuing numbers I'm meant to give.

Linde K., Berner M. M., Kriston L. (2008). St John's wort for major depression.
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD000448.pub3. 
PMID 18843608.
  • Hello, Brenton. I've edited the title a bit because as originally stated, the question was too narrow in scope for the board. (The text is still somewhat too narrow, but I think the basics are still on-topic.)
    – aeismail
    Jun 2, 2013 at 9:46

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The first two sources of information about such questions are

  • The publisher of the database may have specified how they want to be cited.
    In fact, The Cochrane Collaboration has such guidelines:

  • The APA style guide may have said something already about this data base.
    This is also the case:

    • How to Cite Cochrane Reviews in APA Style
      They explain how a journal article style should be used with year as volume and monthly issue:

      Singh, J., Kour, K., & Jayaram Mahesh, B. (2012). Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors for schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2012(1), 1–101. doi:10.1002/14651858.CD007967.pub2

  • If these would not have lead to the required information, a more general idea is:
    Following the DOI of your example, I end up at a page of the Cochrane library that also has a tab "Cited by". You could have a look there how other people actually cite the report.

  • If all this had failed, I'd propably have gone for a technical report style citation.


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