Use the following template or our MLA Citation Generator to cite a newspaper article. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.
Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.
Author Surname, Author Forename. "Title." Publication Title, date published, URL or page numbers.
Fenton, Justin. "Baltimore County Doctor Pleads Guilty to Taking Kickbacks to Prescribe Pain Medication." The Baltimore Sun, 9 June 2021, www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-co-cr-hoffberg-insys-kickback-20210609-g5xybj2egnewzerno6763uj3ie-story.html.
Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.
"Hoffberg, of Reisterstown, received $66,000 in payments after entering into a contract to make speaking engagements for Insys," (Fenton).
The in-text citation for a newspaper article in APA is similar to citations for a journal or a magazine article. The type of publication (book, journal, newspaper, etc.) is not an essential element in APA in-text citations. Instead, APA recommends using only the author’s last name and the publication year in in-text citations.
Therefore, to in-text cite a newspaper article in APA style, write the author’s last name(s) and the publication year.
Templates and examples of an in-text citation for a newspaper article written by a single author are below:
Narrative: Author’s Surname (Year)
Parenthetical: (Author’s Surname, Year)
Narrative: Fiala (2021)
Parenthetical: (Fiala, 2021)
MLA uses the author’s or authors’ names (in the case of two authors) in in-text citations. If there is no author, the citation includes the title. Unlike other reference styles, the year of publication is not included in the text in MLA style. However, the specific newspaper section (if applicable) and page number or numbers from which information has been taken are included if the work is on more than one page. There are two types of in-text citations in MLA style: citation in prose and parenthetical citation.
The in-text citation style is the same for any type of publication (journal, book, or newspaper). Below shows both types of in-text citations in MLA style for a single author with an article on more than one page in a newspaper.
Citation in prose
Include the full name of the author at the first mention of the work in the text. Use only the surname in subsequent occurrences. Do not use middle initials in citations. Put the page number or numbers at the end of a reference to something specific in the author’s work.
First occurrence: During his survey, Tom Garland identified the challenges of aboriginals.
Subsequent occurrences: Garland showed the socioeconomic status of the aboriginals (C14-15).
Include only the surname of the author in all occurrences. If the article is on only one page, do not provide the page number.
The wealth of the aboriginals was detailed (Garland C14-15).
Formatting a reference list entry for a newspaper article in APA style is similar to formatting a journal article. You should include the author’s name, the date of publication, and the title of the article and the work it is included in. Unlike a journal article, however, the month and date are also included in a newspaper article’s publication date, along with the year.
When citing an online newspaper article, a URL to the article should be included at the end of the citation. If citing a print newspaper, use the page number(s) of the article instead, following a comma after the newspaper name.
Below are templates and examples for how to cite a newspaper article in a reference list in APA style.
Author’s Surname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of the newspaper article. Name of the Newspaper. URL
Author’s Surname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of the newspaper article. Name of the Newspaper, page #.
Kingsley, P. (2019, May 14). A friend to Israel, and to bigots: Viktor Orban’s ‘double game’ on anti-semitism. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/14/world/europe/orban-hungary-antisemitism.html
Formatting a works-cited entry for a newspaper article in MLA style is similar to formatting a journal article. However, unlike a journal article, include the day and month with the year in the date slot.
Below is a template and example in MLA style for a newspaper article published online. For in-print newspaper articles, delete the URL and replace it with a page number(s) (e.g., p. A2, p. 4).
Author’s Surname, First Name. “Title of the Newspaper Article.” Name of the Newspaper, Day Month Year, URL
Keating, S. “Lockout Look-in: Tenement Life, Up Close and Personal.” Irish Times, 31 July 2013. www.irishtimes.com/culture/lockout-look-in-tenement-life-up-close-and-personal-1.1479726.