The Modern Language Association, or MLA, produces a style guide that is used by many liberal arts and humanities to cite sources and format papers.
Citing sources using the correct style not only ensures that your research paper has a uniform style but that those reading your paper can easily identify the work you are citing. Online sources such as newspaper articles are cited in a bibliography in the same way as other print sources. List the author's last name, followed by a comma, followed by the first name and a period. For example, "Wright, Steven. Leave a space after the author name and then list the title of the article and enclose it in quotation marks.
Leave a space after the title and list the name of the online newspaper in italics. After the name of the online newspaper, add a colon and list the publisher name in italics, if known.
For example, type and italicize: Add a date of publication using this format: For example, "25 Jan. List the date you accessed the newspaper article in the same format of day, month and year.
For example, "7 Nov. Record the date of publication. On the website, find the date when the online article was first published. List that date in the following order: End with a period. Give the page numbers for the article. If the information is available, list the range of page numbers for the article, followed by a period. However, many online articles are not paginated. If you do not have this information, continue to the next step. Provide the date of access and the URL.
Supply the date on which you accessed the article. Put this information in the same format as in step three. Complete your works-cited entry with the URL for the article. End the citation with a period. Create an in-text citation. When referencing an article in the body of your essay, the most important information is the author's name. When you begin to discuss an online article, you can give the author's name before talking about the piece, or you can include it at the end of your discussion, enclosed in parentheses: If the Internet article is paginated, include the page number in the parenthetical citation: Odak writes on a range of topics including education, literature and frugal living.
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Leave a space after the title and list the name of the online newspaper in italics. After the name of the online newspaper, add a colon and list the publisher name in italics, if known. For example, type and italicize: The Chronicle: the Independent Daily at Duke University.
Only include "City" if city is not in the newspaper name. View our visual citation guide on how to cite a Newspaper in MLA format.
For more great examples and instructions, go to Purdue Owl's MLA libguide, also linked below. There are citation generators available. You essentially select the type of source, enter the requested information, and a citation is generated. If you are writing a research paper for a literature, language or humanities course and want to cite a web-based article, you need to understand Modern Language Association (MLA) style. To format a proper MLA reference, you must gather specific data about the online article to create both a work-cited entry and an in-text citation.
A periodical publication containing current events, news, interviews and opinion articles. WEBSITE A collection of pages that provides information about a certain topic. Print newspaper article (printed on non-consecutive pages) (Williams 14) Williams, Joy. "Rogue Territory." The New York Times Book Review, 9 Nov. , pp. 1+. If the article is printed on non-consecutive pages, write the first page number and a plus sign. Online newspaper article (Internet, freely available) (Bump) Bump, igmosb.gqon: Virginia Avenue, Fort Pierce, , FL.