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Citing the New York Times in MLA

Your St. Martin’s Guide includes citation styles for APA, MLA, and other popular citation conventions. Here’s the MLA style for print newspapers:

30. ARTICLE IN A NEWSPAPER Include the edition (if listed) and the section number or letter (if listed). 

Bernstein, Nina. “On Lucille Avenue, the Immigration Debate.” New York Times 26 June 2006, late ed.: A1+. Print.

For the online version:

38. ARTICLE IN AN ONLINE NEWSPAPER After the name of the newspaper, give the publisher, publication date, medium(Web), and access date.

Bustillo, Miguel, and Carol J. Williams. “Old Guard in Cuba Keeps Reins.” Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times, 25 Feb. 2008. Web. 26 Feb.2010.

September 18, 2012

NYT: At the National Conventions, the Words They Used

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September 10, 2012

Textual analysis at the level of word choice

From the New York Times, 9/7/2012:

” …President Obama used the phrase ‘I will’ less often than his opponent, Mitt Romney. Instead, he tended to frame his promises and goals using the phrase ‘I want.’ Below, sentences containing ‘I want’ from Mr. Obama’s campaign speeches. [Full article]

September 7, 2012

Welcome to WRD103

Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.
—Eleanor Roosevelt

WRD 103 introduces you to the forms, methods, expectations, and conventions of college-level academic writing. We also explore and discuss how writing and rhetoric create a contingent relationship between writers, readers, and subjects, and how this relationship affects the drafting, revising, and editing of our written — and increasingly digital and multimodal — projects.

In WRD 103, we will:

  • Gain experience reading and writing in multiple genres in multiple modes
  • Practice writing in different rhetorical circumstances, marshaling sufficient, plausible sup­port for your arguments and advocacy positions
  • Practice shaping the language of written and multimodal discourses to your audiences and purposes, fostering clarity and emphasis by providing ex­pli­cit and appropriate cues to the main purpose of your texts
  • Practice reading and evaluating the writing of others in order to iden­tify the rhetorical strategies at work in written and in multimodal texts.

You’ll be happy to note, I hope, that we build on your previous knowledge and experiences; that is, we don’t assume that you show up here a blank slate. We assume that you have encountered interesting people, have engaging ideas, and have something to say. A good writing course should prepare you to take those productive ideas into other courses and out into the world, where they belong, and where you can defend them and advocate for them.

Finally, it’s no secret around here that students who take early and regular advantage of DePaul’s Center for Writing-based Learning not only do better in their classes, but also benefit from the interactions with the tutors and staff in the Center.


June 9, 2012