How to Cite a Newspaper in MLA

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Newspaper – A daily or weekly publication that contains news; often featuring articles on political events, crime, business, art, entertainment, society, and sports.

Some examples of popular newspapers include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The Chicago Tribune.


Autocite a Newspaper Article in MLA Format

 

How to cite a newspaper in print

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City], Day Month Year published, p. Page number.

Example:

Bowman, Lee. “Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels.” Pittsburgh Press, 7 Mar. 1990, p. A4.

Notes:

  1. City: You do NOT need to include the [City] name if:
    • The city name is in the name of the newspaper.
    • It is a national or international newspaper.
  2. Page numbers: One page number is “p. #” More than one page is “pp. ##-##.”

 

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How to cite a newspaper article found online

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City], Day Month Year published, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.

Example:

Coldwell, Will. “Hawaii Becomes First US State to Ban Sunscreens Harmful to Coral Reefs.” The Guardian, 3 May 2018, www.theguardian.com/travel/2018/may/03/hawaii-becomes-first-us-state-to-ban-sunscreens-harmful-to-coral-reefs. Accessed 28 July 2020.

Notes:

  1. City: You do NOT need to include the [City] name if:
    • The city name is in the name of the newspaper.
    • It is a national or international newspaper.
  2. URL: Omit the http:// and https://.
  3. Accessed date: Technically, the access date is optional. However, due to the easily changeable nature of online information, many teachers prefer to have it included.

How to cite a newspaper article found on a database

Structure:

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City], Day Month Year published, p. Page number. Database Name, URL. Accessed Day Month Year.

Example:

Bahr, Lindsey. “‘Jurassic World’ Takes Bite Out of Record.” Charlotte Post, 18 Jun. 2015, p. 6B. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f6h&AN=103368082&site=ehost-live.

Notes:

  1. City: You do NOT need to include the [City] name if:
    • The city name is in the name of the newspaper.
    • It is a national or international newspaper.
  2. Page numbers: One page number is “p. #” More than one page is “pp. ##-##.”
  3. URL: Omit the http:// and https://.
  4. Accessed date: Technically, the access date is optional. However, some teacher will request to have it included.

Published October 31, 2011. Updated August 6, 2020.

 

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