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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


- 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.



Newspaper Article, No Author

Begin the citation with the title of the article.


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)


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