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How to Cite an Online News Article in APA Style

by Carolyn Kay Neeley, Demand Media
    When you find an online news source to include in your paper, save it so you can cite it accurately.

    When you find an online news source to include in your paper, save it so you can cite it accurately.

    The ability to properly cite references when writing research papers is an important skill for any college student. APA, or the American Psychological Association, style is the preferred format for most schools and instructors, and its guidelines are designed to streamline citation and make it easy for readers to see where you are getting your information from. Citing an online news article is fairly simple, but it is important to keep in mind that sound research draws from reputable reference sources that almost always will include all of the information you need to cite them properly.

    Step 1

    List the author's last name and first initial. Include all authors. Example: Micheli, C.

    Step 2

    Place the date in parentheses directly following the author's name, with the year listed first and the month and day next. Example: Micheli, C. (2010, April 20).

    Step 3

    Write the name of the article after the date. Capitalize only the first word, the first word after a colon and proper nouns. Example: Micheli, C. (2010, April 20). How to cite an online news article in APA style.

    Step 4

    List the name of the publication in italics, followed by page numbers (where available) not in italics. Example: Micheli, C. (2010, April 20). How to cite an online news article in APA style. (italicized) Fictional Newspaper, (not italicized) pp. A3-A6.

    Step 5

    Include the entire URL from which you retrieved the information, stating "Retrieved from [website] on [date]." Example: Micheli, C. (2010, April 20). How to cite an online news article in APA style. (italicized) Fictional Newspaper, (not italicized) pp. A3-A6. Retrieved from http://fictionalnewspaperwebsite.com on April 21, 2010.

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    Tips

    • If a particular reference does not include the information you need, such as the author or the date, refer to the APA publication manual, or re-evaluate the reference for suitability.
    • Abbreviate months whenever applicable.
    • If an article has more than one author, list them in the order they appear on the article.
    • If an article is continued, but not on the subsequent page, list the first page, then the pages where it is continued, separated by a comma. (i.e., A3, A19-A20 or B4, B8)

    References

    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Edition; American Psychological Association; 2009.

    About the Author

    Carolyn Kay Neeley has been a professional writer and editor since 2003, with experience in medical and academic writing, resume writing and advertising. She has also authored craft and homemaking articles for various online publications. Neeley holds a Bachelor of Science in religion from Liberty University, as well as a practical nursing license.

    Photo Credits

    • doing research image by Leticia Wilson from Fotolia.com

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