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ACS - Referencing Guide

Newspaper Articles


Newspapers are often divided into sections, each of which begins the pagination with page 1. Therefore, the newspaper pagination should include the section designation (usually a letter) as well as the page number. Online newspapers may not have page numbers. Newspaper articles are more likely to have URLs than DOIs.

Include the specific date as well as year.

Include the specific page or section numbers if appropriate.


Standard format for citation - Newspaper article

Author 1; Author 2; …; Author 10; et al. Title of the Article. Newspaper title (place of publication), Month day, year, updated Month day, year, section, page range. DOI or URL (accessed YYYY-MM-DD).


Newspaper article from a full text database 

These do not require a URL. If the article has been updated, the date of the update is needed.

1. Hawthorn, M. The Evolution of Ethylene Oxide. Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL), December 23, 2018, 12 (accessed 2019-02-28 from ProQuest: US Major Dailies).

Newspaper article from the internet

2. Beauge, J. School District Sued Over Burns Girl Suffered During Chemistry Class Demonstration. PennLive (Harrisburg, PA), November 17, 2018, updated November 17, 2018. (accessed 2019-02-22).

Newspaper articles in print

3. Garnaut, K. J. Why Potash Strikes Fear in China's Heart. The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, NSW), September 21, 2010, 6.

Newspaper article in print: No author

8. Face Cream Safety Fears. The West Australian (Perth, WA), September 6, 2010, 7.


See the All Examples page for examples of in-text and reference list entries for specific resources such as articles, books and web pages.