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Citation Guide: Newspapers

Help with citing your sources for a research paper.

Essential Elements

A citation for a news article should include the following:

  • Author's name
  • Full date of article's publication (year, month, day)
  • Title of article
  • Title of newspaper
  • Page number(s) of article (if available)

For articles accessed online, you may also need:

  • The article's DOI (if available)
  • The URL of the newspaper's home page

Tips

- Capitalize only the first word of the article's title and subtitle as well as any proper nouns.

- Do not use quotation marks around the article title.

- Italicize the title of the newspaper and capitalize all main words.

- If your citation includes a DOI or URL, do not end the citation with a period.

Sample Citations - Newspapers

Article in a Print Newspaper

If an article appears on discontinuous pages, list each of the page numbers on which it appears.

Example:

 


Newspaper Article, No Author

Begin the citation with the title of the article.

Example:

Roane announcement set. (2009, September 13). Knoxville News Sentinel, p. B2.

 


Newspaper Article Accessed Online

APA style does not distinguish between articles accessed through a database and articles accessed via the Web. Cite the article as you would a print newspaper, followed by:

  • The URL of the newspaper home page (not the database in which it was retrieved)

Example:

Guarino, B. (2017, December 4). How will humanity react to alien life? Psychologists have some predictions. The Washington Post https://www.

         washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/12/04/how-will-humanity-react-to-alien-life-psychologists-have-some-predictions