CITE IT RIGHT: Citing a Print Newspaper Article Versus an Online Newspaper Article

This is the third in a series of blog posts about AMA style, which is designed to impart the basic rules for AMA citation style for different types of sources.  This week our focus is the different AMA styles for print and online newspaper articles. To learn more about AMA style and this blog series, please see the first post.

Citing a Print Newspaper Article

The AMA’s Manual of Style web site contains detailed citation format information for print newspaper journal articles.

Format:

Author(s)’ name(s) (Last name and first and middle initials). Article Title (Do not use quotation marks and capitalize the first word only in the title). Newspaper name (in italics and do not abbreviate; if the city name is not already part of the newspaper name it may be added at the front to identify where the newspaper comes from to distinguish it from other papers of like name). Date of newspaper including month, date and year: section (if there is one) and page number(s).

Example:

Wilson, D. Trial shows blockbuster potential for blood clot pill. New York Times. August 29, 2011: B3.

Citing an Online Newspaper Article

The AMA’s Manual of Style web site contains detailed citation format information for online newspaper articles.

Format:

The format is the same as it is for print newspaper articles with the addition of the URL and accessed date.

Author(s)’ name(s) (Last name and first and middle initials). Article Title (Do not use quotation marks and capitalize each main word in the title). Newspaper name (in italics and do not abbreviate; if the city name is not already part of the newspaper name it may be added at the front to identify where the newspaper comes from to distinguish it from other papers of like name). Date of newspaper including month, date and year: section (if there is one) and page number(s). URL. Accessed date.

Example:

Wilson, D. Trial shows blockbuster potential for blood clot pill. New York Times. August 29, 2011: B3. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/28/business/trial-shows-potential-for-blood-clot-pill-eliquis.html?  Accessed August 29, 2011.

Check the Biomed Blog next week for the correct AMA citation style for books in print with one or more authors, e-books and books on CD-ROM.

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