How to Cite a News Article in MLA

How to Cite a News Article in MLA. MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to write papers and cite sources within the liberal arts and humanities.

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How to Cite a Newspaper Article in Print

To cite a newspaper article in print, you will need the following pieces of information: the name of the author, the title of the article, the name of the newspaper, the date of publication, and the page number. You will also need to know the location of the newspaper’s office.

MLA Format

In MLA style, newspaper articles are treated differently than other types of periodicals. Here are some specific guidelines to follow:

-Cite by listing the article’s author, putting the word “Article” in quotation marks, and italicizing the newspaper’s name. Follow with the date of publication.
-If there is no author listed, begin the citation with the article’s title, putting it in quotation marks.
-Include page numbers if available.

Here is an example:

Johnson, Rachel. “Article.” The Gazette. 8 Dec. 2010: n. pag. Print

APA Format

Newspaper articles are available in both print and online formats. If you found the article in print, use the following format:

Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper, Date, pages.

If you found the article online, use the following format:

Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper. Date retrieved, .

Chicago/Turabian Format

Citing a print newspaper article in Chicago or Turabian style is generally the same as for other print sources, with a few slight differences. You’ll need the following pieces of information to properly cite a print newspaper article:

-The name of the author(s)
-The title of the article
-The name of the newspaper
-The date of publication
-The page number(s) on which the article appears

With this information in hand, you can create a citation using the following format:

Author(s). “Title of Article.” Title of Newspaper, Date of Publication, page number(s).

How to Cite a Newspaper Article Found Online

To cite a newspaper article found online, include the name of the website where you found the article, the name of the newspaper, the date of publication, and the URL of the article. You may also need to include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if the newspaper article is behind a paywall.

MLA Format

In MLA style, source titles appear either in italics or in quotation marks:

Italicize the title of a self-contained whole (e.g. a book, film, journal, or website). By contrast, put quotation marks around the titles of articles or individual chapters or webpages.

Quotation marks are also used when you refer to someone else’s work in your paper without actually quoting them. For example, you might want to include the title of an article in your paper but not the entire article. In this case, you would use quotation marks around the title of the article.

Here are some examples:

The New York Times (newspaper): Italicize “The New York Times” and then give the date in day-month-year format followed by the page number(s). Unless you are discussing a specific article, you do not need to include a URL.
Example: The New York Times reported on December 5th that… (5 Dec. 2017, A1)
If you want to cite a specific article from “The New York Times,” then use quotation marks around the article title and end with a period. You should then give the day-month-year format followed by the page number(s). If available, include a URL at the end of your citation:
Example: In “Article Title,” Author Last Name discusses… (5 Dec. 2017, A1). http://www.nytimes.com/
Citing an online newspaper article without a DOI is very similar to citing a print newspaper article: Include as much information as possible so your reader can find the original source easily. Provide the name of the newspaper in italics (followed by any container information), then give the date in day-month-year format followed by the page number(s). Finally add a URL or other retrieval information if needed:
Example: The New York Times reported on December 5th that… (5 Dec. 2017). http://www.nytimescom/

APA Format

In general, you should cite an online newspaper article in APA format just as you would a print article. You will need the same information, and you will format it in the same way. The main difference is the inclusion of a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if one is available, and the use of “Retrieved from” instead of “Available from.”

Here is an example of how to cite a newspaper article found online:

Schultz, K. (2015, May 15). Families seek answers after loved ones die in Nepal. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/families-seek-answers-after-loved-ones-die-in-nepal/2015/05/14/3af09806-f929-11e4-9030-b4732caefe81_story.html

Chicago/Turabian Format

In Chicago/Turabian style, there are two ways to cite newspaper articles: online and in print.

Citing an Online Newspaper Article

There are two parts to a citation for an online newspaper article:
The first part is the same as for a print newspaper article: the author(s), title, name of the newspaper, date of publication, and URL. The second part is specific to online articles: the date you accessed the article and the website’s name.

Here is an example of a citation for an online newspaper article with two authors:

Chen, Amy, and David Leonhardt. “Your Facebook Friends Have More Power over Your Mood than You Do.” The New York Times, 20 July 2017, www.nytimes.com/2017/07/20/upshot/your-facebook-friends-have-more-power-over-your-mood-than-you-.html. Accessed 10 August 2018.

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