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Chicago Style: Magazines and Newspapers

A guide to writing papers and citing sources in Chicago style.


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Rules for Magazine and Newspaper Notes

Magazines and newspapers have very similar formats for their notes. Date is more important that volume and issue number for these sources; otherwise they largely follow the same rules as journals.

Elements for a magazine citation:

  1. Author: Full name(s) of authors (Firstname Middlename Lastname).
  2. Article Title: and subtitle of article or column, with all major words capitalized(surrounded by quotation marks)
  3. Magazine Title: all major words capitalized (in italicized characters).
  4. Volume/Issue: if it exists (volume number, no. [issue number])
  5. Publication date: (generally a month and year, or just year).
  6. Page numbers: (where appropriate).
  7. URL/DOI: (for online publications).

Basic format for a magazine note:

[indented tab]1. Author Firstname Lastname, “Article Title: Subtitle,” Title of Magazine volume #, no. [issue number], publication Month Day, Year, page numbers, URL/DOI.

Elements for a newspaper citation:

  1. Authors: Full name(s) of authors (Firstname Middlename Lastname).
  2. Title: and subtitle of article with all major words capitalized (article name surrounded by quotation marks).
  3. Newspaper column: with all major words capitalized (if article is part of regular column) (e.g. citation 2)
  4. Newspaper Title: with all major words capitalized (in italicized characters).
  5. Publication date: (Month, Day and Year).
  6. URL: (for online publications).

Basic format for a newspaper note:

[indented tab]1. Author Firstname Lastname, “Article Title: Subtitle,” Column Name, Title of Magazine, publication Month/Day/Year, URL.


Physical Magazine

1. Beth Saulnier, “From Vine to Wine,” Cornell Alumni Magazine, September/October 2008, 48.

Digital Magazine

2. Barron Young-Smith, "Green Room," Slate, February 4, 2009,

Physical Newspaper

3. Marguerite Fields, “Want to Be My Boyfriend? Please Define,” Modern Love, New York Times, May 4, 2008.

Online Newspaper

4. Julie Bosman, “Jets? Yes! Sharks? ¡Sí! In Bilingual ‘West Side,’” New York Times, July 17, 2008,
5. "Austrian Heir and His Wife Assassinated," Manchester Courier and Lancashire General Advertiser (Manchester,
England), June 29, 1914, Gale NewsVault.