Review in a newspaper

You may need to consult more than one section to accurately represent the source used (eg. number of authors and source descriptions)

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

18. Author of review, “Title of Review,” [review of] Title, Creator or Sponsor of work, Publication title, Month Day, Year, other publication information, DOI/ URL/ Database name.

Footnote example

First entry:

4. Jake Wilson, "Booksmart: At last, a polished teen feminist buddy movie," review of Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde, The Age, July 12, 2019,

Second and subsequent entries:

7. Wilson, "Booksmart: At last."

Format for bibliography

Elements, punctuation & capitalisation

Creator of work (surname, first name). "Title of Review," review of Title, Sponsor of work. Publication title, Month Day, Year, other publication information. DOI/URL/Database name.

Bibliography entry example

Wilson, Jake. "Booksmart: At last, a polished teen feminist buddy movie," review of Booksmart, directed by Olivia Wilde. The Age, July 12, 2019.

Style notes for the reference type

  • Further examples of play, film and TV reviews are provided in the manual (Manual 14.203).
  • For articles consulted online, the preference is to include a DOI or stable URL. Sometimes a suitable URL will not be available, or will be restricted to subscribers to the database. In these cases, it is appropriate to list the name of the database used (Manual 14.175).
  • Access dates are not required by Chicago in citations of formally published electronic sources (see Chicago Manual of Style, Ch.14.12).
  • Note that DOI is lowercased and followed by a colon (with no space after) in source citations.
  • If an access date is required (by publisher or discipline) they should immediately precede the URL, separated from the surrounding citation by commas in a note and periods in a bibliography entry.
  • Some online articles may not have page numbers.
  • For articles consulted in print, omit the DOI, URL or database name from your citation.
  • In the bibliography (but not the footnotes), invert the name of the first author only (i.e. surname, given name).
  • Italicise the name of the reviewed work and the newspaper.
  • In the bibliography, give the start and end pages of the article. Do not use ‘p’ or ‘pp’ before the page numbers.
  • In footnotes, cite specific pages (unless you are referring to the whole article).
  • If a journal is paginated consecutively across a volume or if the month or season appears with the year, the issue number may be omitted.

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