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How do I reference an article from a daily newspaper in APA Style if there isn't an author?

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On page 200 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (American Psychological Association, 2010), the following is shown as an example of how to reference a newsletter article without an author:

Six sites meet for comprehensive anti-gang initative conference. (2006, November/December). OJJDP News @ a Glance. Retrieved from

The example below adapts the newsletter article reference formatting to create a reference to an online newspaper article without an expressed author: 

New drug helps Alzheimer patients. (2002, October 30). The Times Colonist. Retrieved from

  • "Give the URL of the home page when the online version of the article is available by search to avoid nonworking URLs" (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 201).
  • In text, “use a short title (or the full title if it is short) enclosed in quotation marks for the parenthetical citation” (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 200). For example: (“New Drug”, 2002, para. 4). See "Works with no identified author or with an anonymous author" on pages 176-177 of the APA manual for more information.

Resources without an identified author should not be listed in the references as having "Anonymous" as the author. Please check the resource to see if there is a corporate author for the resource or use the format shown above. Only resources with "Anonymous" noted as the author should use "Anonymous" in the in-text citations and references (American Psychological Association, 2010, p. 177).


American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author. 

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