How to cite an online newspaper article in MLA

MLA online newspaper article citation

To cite an online newspaper article in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) name: Give the last name and name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For three or more authors, list the first name followed by et al. (e. g. Watson, John, et al.)
  2. Title of the article: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Title of the newspaper: Container titles are italicized and followed by a comma.
  4. Date of publication: Give the day, month and year of publication. All months, excluding June and July, are abbreviated as three letters (e.g. 9 Aug. 2019.)
  5. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of an online newspaper article in MLA style 8th edition:

Author(s) name. "Title of the article." Title of the newspaper, Date of publication, URL.

Take a look at our works cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:


An article from the digital version of a newspaper

Greenslade, Roy. "Opinion is valued more than fact in this digital era." The Guardian, 29 July 2018,

An article from the digital version of a newspaper

Steinhauser, Gabriele. "Zimbabweans Turn Out in Droves for First Vote Without Mugabe." Wall Street Journal, 30 July 2018,

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