Citation Styles: A Brief Guide to APA, MLA and Turabian

Citing Newspaper Articles

The basic format for a book citation requires listing the author's name, the title of the book, the publisher's name, and the date of publication. Edited books, when cited in full, will list the editor's name instead of an author’s name. 

 

NEWSPAPERS
The basic format for a newspaper article includes the author’s name (if available), the headline, the name of the newspaper, the date of the issue, and the section and page numbers where the article is located. Turabian recommends citing newspaper articles only in the notes unless the article is critical to an argument or is frequently cited. The following bibliography entries assume that the sample articles are critical. Turabian also recommends against citing page numbers since newspapers are often issued in multiple editions and page numbering may vary from one edition to another.

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – NO AUTHOR LISTED
The example is based on an article published in the Block and Tackle Times, on October 31, 1995, in Section A, on pages 1 and 5. The article was entitled “Congress Votes to Cut Subsidies to Earthworm Ranchers: Sport Fishermen Squirm Over the Loss of Cheap Worms.” No author was listed for the article.

APA

Congress votes to cut subsidies to earthworm ranchers: Sport fishermen squirm over the loss of cheap worms. (1995, October 31). The Block and Tackle Times, A1, A5.

MLA

“Congress Votes to Cut Subsidies to Earthworm Ranchers: Sport Fishermen Squirm Over the Loss of Cheap Worms.” The Block and Tackle Times, 31 Oct. 1995, p. A1, A5.

TUR.

“Congress Votes to Cut Subsidies to Earthworm Ranchers: Sport Fishermen Squirm Over the Loss of Cheap Worms.” The Block and Tackle Times, October 31, 1995.

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE – AUTHOR LISTED
The example is based on an article by author Alvie Singer, entitled “Let Freedom Ring,” that was published in the Sioux Falls Trumpet, January 1, 2001, on page A12.

APA

Singer, A. (2001, January 1). Let freedom ring. Sioux Falls Trumpet, A12.

MLA

Singer, Alvie. “Let Freedom Ring.” Sioux Falls Trumpet, 1 Jan. 2001, p. A12.

TUR.

Singer, Alvie. “Let Freedom Ring.” Sioux Falls Trumpet, January 1, 2001.

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FROM ONLINE FULL-TEXT DATABASE
The example is based on an article written by author Annie Hall for the newspaper Split Cities Tattler on September 30, 2001. The article appeared in Section A of the newspaper on page 1 and carried the headline “Psychiatrist Blames Neurotic Behaviors on News Media.” The full text of the article was pulled from the subscription database AlltheNews Online on September 30, 2002.

APA

Hall, A. (2001, September 30). Psychiatrist blames neurotic behaviors on news media. Split Cities Tattler, A1.

MLA

Hall, Annie. “Psychiatrist Blames Neurotic Behaviors on News Media.” Split Cities Tattler, 30 Sept. 2001, p. A1. AlltheNews Online, www.allthenewsonline.com/SCT/093001_psychiatrist.html. Accessed 30 Sept. 2002.

TUR.

Hall, Annie. “Psychiatrist Blames Neurotic Behaviors on News Media.” Split Cities Tattler, September 30, 2001. http://www.allthenewsonline.com/SCT/093001_psychiatrist.html (accessed September 30, 2002).

 

NEWSPAPER ARTICLE FROM AN ONLINE VERSION OF A NEWSPAPER
The example is based on an article written by author Blackie Dahlia for the newspaper Crying Out Loud. The article, which appeared as an extra feature in the online version of the newspaper and was not in the print version, was entitled “Aspiring Actresses Warned of the Dangers of Hollywood Nightlife.” The article was published online on September 12, 2008, and was retrieved on the same day.

APA

Dahlia, B. (2008, September 12). Aspiring actresses warned of the dangers of Hollywood nightlife. Crying Out Loud. http://www.cryingoutloud.com

MLA

Dahlia, Blackie. “Aspiring Actresses Warned of the Dangers of Hollywood Nightlife.” Crying Out Loud, 12 Sept. 2008. www.cryingoutloud.com/20080912/dahlia.html. Accessed 12 Sept. 2008.

TUR.

Dahlia, Blackie. “Aspiring Actresses Warned of the Dangers of Hollywood Nightlife.” Crying Out Loud, September 12, 2008. http://www.cryingoutloud.com/20080912/dahlia.html (accessed September 12, 2008).

 

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