How do I cite an online newspaper article using the MLA format?


If you are accessing the article from a library database (EBSCO, Gale, etc), you would use the following format in your Works Cited:

Author Last Name, First Name. "Article Title." Title of Newspaper, day month year of publication. Name of Database Company, URL or DOI. Access date.

Note on URLs for MLA:

  • Leave out the http://
  • Permalinks (links that don't expire) are preferred. Look for a “share” or “cite this” button to see if a source includes a permalink. At FCC, these links start with

Example of database article citation:

Chiu, Joanne. "China's Big Airlines Get Boost from Overseas Travel; Despite Foreign Exchange Losses, Air China, China Southern, and China Eastern Airlines Post Core Earnings Growth." Wall Street Journal (Online), 29 Apr 2014. ProQuest, Accessed 20 May 2020.

If you are accessing the article from the web (like a Google search), you would use the following format:

Arias, Jeremy. "Man Flown to Shock Trauma After ATV Crash in Frederick County." Frederick News Post, 19 May 2020, Accessed 20 May 2020.

In-text citation examples:

"[C]ompanies are required under accounting rules to value their substantial foreign-currency debts at the end of every quarter" (Chiu).

His injuries were "ultimately deemed not to be life-threatening" (Arias).

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  • Last Updated Apr 14, 2021
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