Newspaper article from a database: different from print version [from Electronic source using APA 5th ed.]


This guidance applies to newspaper articles found in a database such as Nexis UK. State the date retrieved and the name of the database.


Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year, month day). Title of the article. Title of Newspaper, p. page number [if available]. Retrieved month day, year from the name of the database.


High consumption of caffeine linked to mental illness. (2006, December 6). New York Times, p. B18. Retrieved February 21, 2008 from the Nexis UK database.

Young, H. (1996, July 25). Battle of snakes and ladders. The Guardian, p. 15. Retrieved February 21, 2008 from the Nexis UK database.

Citation in Text

Excessive intake of caffeine ("High consumption of caffeine", 1991, p. B8) has been suggested in a newspaper report to ...

Young (1996. p. 15), in an article, declares ...


  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.
  • Named authors (bylines) are sometimes found at the end of a newspaper article.  If there is no byline, put the article title in the author position.  Your in-text reference will be the first few words of the title of article, enclosed within double quotation marks " ", followed by the year and page number.
  • If page numbers are discontinuous, give all page numbers and separate the numbers with a comma.