How to Cite a Newspaper Article 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.

Creating MLA in-text citations? See this MLA in-text citation guide.

How to cite a newspaper in print

Works Cited
Structure

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City], Day Month Year published, section name (if applicable), p. page number.

Example

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

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In-text Citation
Structure

(Author Last Name Page #)

Example

(Bowman A4)

 

When citing a newspaper in print:

  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. ##-##.”

How to cite a newspaper article found online

Works Cited
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.

Cite your source

In-text Citation
Structure

(Author Last Name)

Example

(Coldwell)

 

When citing a newspaper found online:

  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 https://.
  3. Accessed date: Technically, the access date is supplemental and does not always need to be included. However, due to the easily changeable nature of online information, many teachers prefer to include it in the citation.

How to cite a newspaper article found on a database

Works Cited
Structure

Last, First M. “Article Title.” Newspaper Title [City], Day Month Year published, section name (if applicable), 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.

Cite your source

In-text Citation
Structure

(Author Last Name Page #)

Example

(Bahr 6B)

 

When citing a newspaper article found on a database

  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 https://.
  4. Accessed date: Technically, the access date is supplemental. However, some teachers will request to have it included.

Published October 31, 2011. Updated May 18, 2021.


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