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How Do I Cite a Newspaper Article Using MLA 7th Edition?

PRINT/MICROFORM

Basic Format

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Title of newspaper Date of publication, Edition information: Page information (add a "+" if article continues on subsequent pages). Medium of Publication.

An Article in a Newspaper (with author)

  • Zuckerman, Gregory. "Sears Suitor Faces a Tough Bet." Wall Street Journal 18 Nov. 2004, Eastern ed.: C1+. Print.

An Article in a Newspaper (anonymous)

  • "Esterline to Buy Maker of Electrical Gear." New York Times 10 July 2004, late ed.: C4. Print.

ELECTRONIC

MLA 7th Edition no longer requires the use of URLs for electronic documents unless the writer feels it will be difficult to locate the original source using the citation information provided. Additionally, the title of the publication or website is now italicized. The medium of publication (web) is required after the name of the publication. If no website publisher is named, use N.p. to denote this.

Basic Format

  • Author's name. "Title of article." Name of Website. Website Publisher, Date of publication. Medium of Publication. Date of access.

An Article in a Newspaper (with author)

  • Achenbach, Joel. "America's River." Washington Post. Washington Post Company, 5 May 2002. Web. 20 May 2002.

An Article in a Newspaper (anonymous)

  • "Networks Seek Familiarity, Stability." AP.org. Associated Press. 20 May 2002. Web. 20 May 2002.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003 ) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit MLA's site.

Updated April 15, 2009

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