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How to Reference a Newspaper in APA

Use the following template to cite a newspaper using the APA citation format. We also provide style guides for the MLA and Chicago styles. To have your bibliography or works cited list automatically made for you, check out our free APA citation generator.

Once you’re finished with your citations, we can also help you with creating an APA title page.

Citing a newspaper article in print

APA format structure:

Author, A. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title, pp. xx-xx.

APA format example:

Rosenberg, G. (1997, March 31). Electronic discovery proves an effective legal weapon.The New York Times, p. D5.

Notes: When creating you newspaper citation, keep in mind:

  • Precede page numbers for newspaper articles with p. (for a single page) or pp. (for multiple pages).
  • If an article appears on discontinuous pages, give all page numbers, and separate the numbers with a comma (e.g., pp. B1, B3, B5-B7).

Citing a newspaper article found online

APA format structure:

Author, A. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Newspaper Title, Retrieved from newspaper homepage URL

APA format example:

Rosenberg, G. (1997, March 31). Electronic discovery proves an effective legal weapon.The New York Times, Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com

Notes: When citing a newspaper in APA, keep in mind:

  • APA does NOT require you to include the date of access for electronic sources. If you discovered a newspaper article via an online database, that information is NOT required for the citation either.
  • Multiple lines: If the URL runs onto a second line, only break URL before punctuation (except for http://).

For more information on how to cite in APA, check out Bowling Green.

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How do I format an in-text citation for an online newspaper article in APA format?

An in-text citation in APA style, in general, includes only the names of the authors (or contributors) and the publication year of the work. The in-text citation for a newspaper article (be it a print or an online newspaper) is no exception. To cite an online newspaper in the text, you need to include the surname(s) of the article’s author(s) and the online publication date. It is not necessary to include the article title or the newspaper name in in-text citations.

Below you will find templates and examples of how to format an in-text citation for an online newspaper article written by a single author.

Template: 

Narrative: Author’s Surname (Year)

Parenthetical: (Author’s Surname, Year)

Examples:

Narrative: Hill (2019)

Parenthetical: (Hill, 2019)

How do I format an in-text citation for a print newspaper article in APA format?

An in-text citation in APA style, in general, includes only the names of the authors (or contributors) and the publication year of the work. The in-text citation for a newspaper article is no exception. To cite a print newspaper article in the text, you need to include the surname(s) of the article’s author(s) and the publication year.

It is not necessary to include the article title or the newspaper name in in-text citations. And although many newspapers are published every day, it is also unnecessary to include the specific date of publication in in-text citations.

Below you will find templates and examples of how to format an in-text citation for a newspaper article written by a single author.

Templates:

Narrative: Author’s Surname (Year)

Parenthetical: (Author’s Surname, Year)

Examples:

Narrative: Wilkins (2022)

Parenthetical: (Wilkins, 2022)