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How to Cite Associated Press


The Associated Press (AP) is a global news network that provides content for newspapers around the world. In addition to providing content to specific newspapers, the AP also publishes articles on its website. To cite an Associated Press article from the AP website in Modern Language Association (MLA) format, follow the general format for citing non-periodical websites. To cite in American Psychological Association (APA) format, follow the guidelines for citing an online newspaper.

Citing the AP in MLA Format

List the last and first name of the author. For example:

Peltz, Jennifer.

List the title of the article in quotation marks, followed by a period. For example:

"In Jail on Sex Charge, IMF Head Awaits His Fate."

List the name of the website in italics, followed by a period. For example:

ap.org.

List the name of the publisher, followed by a comma. For example:

Associated Press,

List the date of publication in a day-moth-year format. Follow this with a period. Abbreviate the names of months down to three letters. For example:

17 Mar. 2011.

List the medium of publication, followed by a period. For example:

Web.

List the date on which you accessed the article in a day-moth-year format. Follow this with a period. Abbreviate the names of months down to three letters. For example:

13 May 2011.

List the full URL in angle brackets directly underneath your citation if required by your instructor. While MLA no longer requires writers to include URLs in citations, some instructors prefer to see the URL. For example:

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IMF_HEAD_ASSAULT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-05-17-11-52-34

Ensure that the finished citation appears in the following format:

Peltz, Jennifer. "In Jail on Sex Charge, IMF Head Awaits His Fate." ap.org. Associated Press, 17 Mar. 2011. Web. 13 May 2011.

Citing the AP in APA Format

List the author's last name and first initial, followed by a period. For example:

Peltz, J.

List the date of publication in parentheses and followed by a period. This should appear in a year, month day format. For example:

(2011, March 17).

List the title of the article, followed by a period. Capitalize only the first letter of the title, and the first letter of any proper nouns. For example:

In jail on sex charge, IMF head awaits his fate.

List the name of the news site in italics, followed by a period. For example:

Associated Press.

List the full URL in the following format:

Retrieved from http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IMF_HEAD_ASSAULT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-05-17-11-52-34

Ensure that the finished citation appears in the following format:

Peltz, J. (2011, March 17). In jail on sex charge, IMF head awaits his fate. Associated Press. Retrieved from http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/I/IMF_HEAD_ASSAULT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2011-05-17-11-52-34

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