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MLA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Newspaper Article

This is a guide for MLA Style. It is based on the Modern Language Association of America's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Special Notes for Newspaper Articles

  • Omit introductory articles in newspaper titles.
  • For locally published newspapers add the city in square brackets after the name.

Newspaper Article

Material Type           In-text Citation              Works Cited                                                        
Print newspaper article (printed on consecutive pages) (Kissinger C2)

Kissinger, Henry. "The China Challenge." Wall Street Journal 14-15 May 2011, late ed.: C1-C2. Print.

If an edition is named on the front page or masthead, add a coma after the date and specify the edition (e.g. natl. ed., late ed., early ed., Coastal ed.). 

If the article is printed on consecutive pages, write the page number(s) exactly as they appear

Print newspaper article (printed on non-consecutive pages)


(Harlin A10)

Harlin, Kevin. "Man of Stainless Steel." Investor's Business Daily 24 May 2011: A3+. Print.

If the article is printed on non-consecutive pages, write the first page number and a plus sign.

Online newspaper article (Internet, freely available)

(Pfahler n.p.)

Pfahler, Eric. "Private Investigator: Allegations About Port St. Lucie Mayor Meeting with Police Chief 'Unfounded.' TCPalm [Stuart] 5 Jan. 2011: n.pag. Web. 31 Jan. 2011.

Online newspaper article (library database) (Dillon A16)

Dillon, Sam. "Survey Finds Teenagers Ignorant on Basic History and Literature Questions." New York Times 27 Feb. 2008: A16. Americas Newspapers. Web. 23 May 2011.