How to Cite a Newspaper in Chicago/Turabian

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Newspaper articles are a reliable and widely available source to cite when writing a paper. This guide will show you how to create notes-bibliography style citations for both print and online newspaper articles using the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style.

Guide Overview

Citing a Newspaper Article in Print

Chicago Style Newspaper Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First name Last name, “Article Title,” Newspaper Title, Month Date, Year of publication.

Bibliography:

Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title, Month Date, Year of publication.

*Note: According to the Chicago Manual of Style, newspaper articles are usually cited directly in-text or in a footnote and not included in bibliographies. Please see CMoS section 14.198 for further details. If your instructor requires you to cite newspaper articles, please use the  format provided here.

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Chicago Style Newspaper Citation Example:

Note:

1. Lee Bowman, “Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels,” The Pittsburgh Press, March 7, 1990.

Bibliography:

Bowman, Lee. “Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels.” The Pittsburgh Press, March 7, 1990.


Citing an Online Newspaper Article

Chicago Style Online Newspaper Citation Structure:

Note:

1. First name Last Name, “Article Title,” Newspaper Title, Month Date, Year of publication, URL.

Bibliography:

Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title, Month Date, Year of publication. URL.

*Note: According to the Chicago Manual of Style, newspaper articles are usually cited directly in-text or in a footnote and not included in bibliographies. Please see CMoS section 14.198 for further details. If your instructor requires you to cite newspaper articles, please use the  format provided here.

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Note that an access date is only needed if no publication date is available for the article.

Chicago Style Online Newspaper Citation Example:

Note:

1. Karen Kaplan, “Flu Shots May Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes
and Even Death,” Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2013,  https://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/22/science/la-sci-sn-flu-shot-heart-attack-stroke-death-20131022.

Bibliography:

Kaplan, Karen. “Flu Shots May Reduce Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes
and Even Death.” Los Angeles Times, October 22, 2013.  https://articles.latimes.com/2013/oct/22/science/la-sci-sn-flu-shot-heart-attack-stroke-death-20131022.


What You Need

A citation for a newspaper article usually includes the following:

  • Author name
  • Article title
  • Name of the publication/newspaper
  • Publication date
  • URL (if accessed online)

The name of the article should be in headline case and enclosed in quotation marks, and the name of the publication should be italicized. Most newspaper articles will have a publication date, but if none is available, you should include the date you accessed the article instead.


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