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Citing and referencing: Newspapers

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Article in a Newspaper

Cite a newspaper article as you would a journal article, note the different pagination in a newspaper some articles do not run sequentially. If there is more than one edition available for that date (an early or late edition of a newspaper), identify the edition following the date (e.g. 21 May 2012, late ed.)

Anonymous articles

Cite the article title first, complete the citation as you would for any other article of that kind.

Newspapers

A newspaper article

Litson, Jo. “Pulse of the Times.” The Australian 7 May 2004: 17. Print.

In text citation

In 2004 The Australian previewed two recent plays by Caryl Churchill (Litson 17)...
or
In 2004, in The Australian, Litson previewed two recent plays by Caryl Churchill (17) …

A newspaper article (online)

Thomas, Geoffrey. "Green Light for Qantas Emirates deal." The West Australian 20 Dec. 2012: 2. Web.

A newspaper article (online) no page number

Lallo, Michael. "DJ's are Playing Dumb." The Age 12 Dec. 2012: n.pag. Web.

In text citation
In his article "DJ's are Playing Dumb," media analyst, Michael Lallo indicates two DJ's are "playing dumb" by stating they weren't aware of the approval process for prank calls.
or
A recent newspaper article indicated two DJ's are "playing dumb" by stating they weren't aware of the approval process for prank calls (Lallo).

A newspaper article (online from a database)

MacDonald, Gayle. “Why She Slays us Fans and Academics Alike Argue that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has Depths of Symbolic Meaning Rarely Seen on Television.” Globe and Mail 22 Jan. 2002, metro ed.: R1. Factiva. Web. 26 June 2009.

In text citation
Rhonda Wilcox uses “symbolic television” to describe Buffy the Vampire Slayer as “symbolic television” (MacDonald).
or
Gayle MacDonald, in the Globe and Mail article, includes Rhonda Wilcox’s use of  “symbolic television”  to describe Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

A newspaper article that does not have consectutive page numbers

For example, an article might begin on page 8, then skip to page 14. For this type of article, record only the first page number and a plus sign +

Yeates, Clancy and Dan Harrison. "Swan Admits Surplus Unlikely." The Age 20 Dec. 2012: 3+. Print.

 An Editorial or Letter to the Editor

"A Regional Partnership to Prosper." Editorial. The Age 20 Nov. 20:12. Print.

Griffiths, Peter. Letter. The Australian 22 Nov.: 13. Print.