How to cite an online newspaper article in APA

APA online newspaper article citation

To cite an online newspaper article in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the article: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Date of publication: Give the year, month and day in brackets followed by a full stop, e.g. (2019, June 13).
  3. Title of the article: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Title of newspaper: Give the full, non-abbreviated title of the periodical in title case. It should also be italicized.
  5. Retrieved from URL: Start with 'Retrieved from' followed by the URL. If the URL is long or contains personal identifiers, give only the domain name, e.g. Retrieved from Amazon Prime.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an online newspaper article in APA style 6th edition:

Author(s) of the article. (Date of publication). Title of the article. Title of newspaper. Retrieved from URL

APA reference list examples

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for an online newspaper article citation in action:


An article from the digital version of a newspaper

Greenslade, R. (2018, July 29). Opinion is valued more than fact in this digital era. The Guardian. Retrieved from

An article from the digital version of a newspaper

Steinhauser, G. (2018, July 30). Zimbabweans turn out in droves for first vote without Mugabe. Wall Street Journal. Retrieved from
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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