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University Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Finding Online Newspapers

This guide is intended to teach students, faculty, and staff at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign how to search for and access current and past issues of popular newspapers online through our library subscribed databases.

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810 S Wright St. Urbana, IL, 61801

Notes About Citations

Many databases have a built-in citation function. If you use this option or a citation generator, always double check the citation against the style manual/guidelines. Many citation generators may make tiny mistakes that professors will notice and mark for. 

Citing in APA

Citation for Online Newspaper Article:

Lastname, F. M. (Year, Month Date). Title of article. Title of Publication.

Example: Article from Database

Johnson, K. (2015, Oct. 31). Costume correctness: Feel free to be you, but not me. The New York Times.

Example: Article from Newspaper Website

Johnson, K. (2015, Oct. 31). Halloween Costume correctness on campus: Feel free to be you, but not me. The New York Times.

Source: APA Online Style Guide

Note: you will provide a URL at the end of the citation if the online newspaper article was accessed from the newspaper's website.

Citing in MLA

Citing an Article from an Online Database:

Last Name, First Name. "Article Title." Publication Name, vol., no., date, pp. #. Title of Database, doi:. date of access. 

*Note: If doi is not available, use the URL without the https://


Johnson, Kirk. "Costume Correctness on Campus: Feel Free to be You, but Not Me." The New York Times,

Oct. 31, 2015, pp. A1. ProQuest, Accessed Feb. 11, 2020.

Source: OWL Purdue

Citing in Chicago Style

Citing Online Periodicals (Journal, Magazine, Newspaper Articles)


Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article," Title of Publication, Month day, Year, Doi.

Corresponding Bibliographical Entry:

Last Name, First Name. "Title of Article." Title of Publication. Month day, Year. Doi.

*Notes: if the name of a newspaper starts with "the" it is omitted from the citation. For newspapers that are not well known, the city name should be added after the publication title in parenthesis-- Example: News-Gazette (Champagin, IL). If no DOI is available, use the URL. 



Johnson, Kirk. "Costume Correctness on Campus: Feel Free to Be You, but Not Me," New York Times, Oct 31, 2015,

Bibliographical Entry:

Johnson, Kirk. "Costume Correctness on Campus: Feel Free to Be You, but Not Me," New York Times, Oct 31, 2015.

Source: OWL Purdue