How to cite an article from a newspaper
Newspapers are very helpful resources and are often used in research. When using a newspaper in a research project it is important to remember cite it in your Works Cited List or Bibliography.
You will need to know the author of the article, the title of the article, name of the newspaper, and the date of publication. Where do you find this information? We will use the example article below to locate the information for a newspaper citation
The masthead of a newspaper contains the name of a newspaper and the date of publication. This masthead tells you that the name of the newspaper is The Providence Journal and the date of publication is October 24, 2014.
The photograph on the left shows the article to be cited. Sometimes it can be tricky to figure out what the title of the article is. The usual "rule of thumb" is to use the first line of print in the article, even if it is in smaller print. In this case, the title is "In Peril at Sea". It is located in section A1 & A5 (not shown). The section numbers are like page numbers in books and magazines and are located on the upper, outside corners at the top of the newspaper.
The photograph on the right shows the name of the author of this article. In the professional world of journalism, it is called a "By Line". This makes it easy to find the author's name. This author's name is Donita Naylor.
Now you have the information necessary to create your citation.
Creating the Citation
This is the information you will use:
Author: Donita Naylor
Title of Article: In Peril at Sea
Name of Newspaper: The Providence Journal
Date of Publication: October 24, 2014
Sections of the Newspaper: A1 & A5
Using this information the citation will look something like this:
Naylor, Donita. "In Peril at Sea". The Providence Journal 24 Oct 2014: A1, A5. Print.
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