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


To cite an online newspaper in the APA format, use this general format for your reference list:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number (issue number), pages. DOI or URL

For example:

Obeid, S., Akel, M., Haddad, C., Fares, K., Sacre, H., Salameh, P., & Hallit, S. (2020). Factors associated with alcohol use disorder: the role of depression, anxiety, stress, alexithymia and work fatigue- a population study in Lebanon. BMC Public Health, 20(1), 1–11.

If you found the article in a library database:

Do not include database information or a link from within the database. If you get the article from a library database, try to find a DOI for the article. If there is no DOI, try to locate a URL for the homepage of the journal that publishes the article by searching on Google. If you can't find a DOI or URL, cite the article like a print article. For example:

Wilkinson, B. (2018, October 25). Trinidad under worst flooding in 50 years. New York Amsterdam News, 109 (43),16.

If you find the article on a newspaper's website, use this format:

Carey, B. (2019, March 22). Can we get better at forgetting? The New York Times.

If you find an article on a news website, such as BBC News, Bloomberg, CNN, HuffPost, MSNBC, Reuters, Salon, and Vox, use the following format:

Marcus, J. (2020, May 21). A development to trouble U.S. allies. BBC News.

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  • Last Updated Jun 11, 2020
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