How to Cite an Online News Article in APA Format

How to Cite an Online News Article in APA Format

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Basic Format

To cite an online news article in APA format, start with the author’s last name and first initial, followed by the date published in day-month-year format. Next, include the title of the article in sentence case, followed by the URL. Finally, end with the date you accessed the article in day-month-year format.

Author. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Website Title. Retrieved from URL

Most online news articles include an author. If the author’s name is not listed, begin the citation with the article title.

If the date of publication is not listed, use the abbreviations n.d. (meaning no date) in place of the year, and n.p. (meaning no publisher) in place of the website title:

Author’s Last Name, First Name. (n.d.). Article Title. n.p., URL.

Formatting Your Reference List Entry

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Website Title. Retrieved from URL

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article title. Website Title. Retrieved from URL

For example:

Smith, J. (2018, March 15). How to cite an online news article in APA format. ThePensters. Retrieved from https://www.thepensters.com/how-to-cite-online-news-apa/

If there is no author, begin the citation with the article title

If there is no author, begin the citation with the article title.
provides basic guidelines and examples for citing online news articles using APA style.

Formatting Your Reference List Entry:
Online news articles can be difficult to cite properly. This is due in part to the fact that many online news sources do not include all of the necessary information for a complete reference list entry.

In general, you will want to include the following information in your reference list entry:
-Author(s)
-Date of publication
-Title of article
-Title of online newspaper
-URL
If one or more of these pieces of information is missing, you can still create a reference list entry, but it may be less complete than one for a print article.

If the date of publication is not available, use the date you accessed the article

If the date of publication is not available, use the date you accessed the article. Remember to include the letters “n.d.” for “no date” in your reference list entry:

Wong, P. (n.d.). New study shows how music affects memory. Retrieved from https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/12/191203144819.htm

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