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How to Cite a Press Release: Harvard, APA, MLA, Chicago, Turabian, IEEE Style Examples?

Are you working on an academic paper or are you building a case study? Drafting an official report?

Have you found a press release that supports your claims and that you want to reference as a source in your work to enhance your credibility and strengthen your arguments?

If you’re uncertain how to cite the press release correctly, this article is perfect for you. It includes specific examples as to how you should reference a printed press release and an online press release in different citations styles.

Firstly, here is the information that your citation should include: 

  • authors – the name of the company, entity or organization issuing the press release
  • full date the press release was published on
  • the headline of the press release
  • URL & access date (if an online press release is used as a source)
  • text or quote (if you are referencing one)

If you already have this information, then you are ready to write the reference.

How to Cite a Printed Press Release?

To illustrate the different citation styles, we will pretend that we’ve used the quote “Signing today’s Joint Declaration, the Presidents of the three EU Institutions have agreed to deliver a positive agenda for a more inclusive and more united Union” in a report.

The quote is from a press release with a title  ‘A more united, stronger and more democratic Union: Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019’.

The Press Release was released by the European Commission on December 14, 2017.

Here’s how you can reference a printed Press Release in your work:  

  • Citation Style: Harvard 

In-text: (European Commission, 2017)

Your Bibliography: European Commission (2017). A more united, stronger and more democratic Union: Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019.

 

  • Citation Style: APA

In-text: (European Commission, 2017)

Your Bibliography: European Commission. (2017). A more united, stronger and more democratic Union: Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019.

 

  • Citation Style: MLA

In-text: (European Commission)

Your Bibliography: European Commission. A More United, Stronger And More Democratic Union: Joint Declaration On The EU’s Legislative Priorities For 2018-2019. 2017. Print.

 

  • Citation Style: Chicago

In-text: (European Commission 2017)

Your Bibliography: European Commission. 2017. “A More United, Stronger And More Democratic Union: Joint Declaration On The EU’s Legislative Priorities For 2018-2019.”

 

  • Citation Style: Turabian

Footnote: European Commission, A More United, Stronger And More Democratic Union: Joint Declaration On The EU’s Legislative Priorities For 2018-2019, 2017.

Your Bibliography: European Commission. A More United, Stronger And More Democratic Union: Joint Declaration On The EU’s Legislative Priorities For 2018-2019, 2017.

 

  • Citation Style: IEEE

In-text: [1]

Your Bibliography: [1]European Commission, “A more united, stronger and more democratic Union: Joint Declaration on the EU’s legislative priorities for 2018-2019”, 2017.

 

How to Cite an Online Press Release?

Let’s imagine now you have used the following quote in your paper, article or report:

“iMac Pro delivers incredible compute power for real-time 3D rendering, immersive VR, intensive developer workflows, high megapixel photography, complex simulations, massive audio projects and real-time 4K and 8K video editing.”

It’s taken from the online Press Release ‘iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today’ distributed by Apple Inc, available at https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/  on December 14, 2017, and accessed on December 15, 2017.

Apple Press Release

Here is how you can correctly cite an online Press Release in your work:

  • Citation Style: Harvard 

In-text: (Apple Inc., 2017)

Your Bibliography: Apple Inc. (2017). iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today. [online] Available at: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/ [Accessed 15 Dec. 2017].

 

  • Citation Style: APA

In-text: (Apple Inc., 2017)

Your Bibliography: Apple Inc. (2017). iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today. Retrieved from https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/

 

  • Citation Style: MLA

In-text: (Apple Inc.)

Your Bibliography: Apple Inc. Imac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Available Today. 2017, https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/.

 

  • Citation Style: Chicago

In-text: (Apple Inc. 2017)

Your Bibliography: Apple Inc. 2017. “Imac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Available Today”. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/.

 

  • Citation Style: Turabian

Footnote: Apple Inc., Imac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Available Today, 2017, accessed December 15, 2017, https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/.

Your Bibliography: Apple Inc. Imac Pro, The Most Powerful Mac Ever, Available Today, 2017. Accessed December 15, 2017. https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2017/12/imac-pro-the-most-powerful-mac-ever-available-today/.

 

  • Citation Style: IEEE ( there is no URL for this citation style)

In-text: [1]

Your Bibliography: [1]Apple Inc., “iMac Pro, the most powerful Mac ever, available today”, 2017.

 

We hope that this article has been helpful and that your bibliography or footnotes are now complete with correct Press Release citations.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

 

 

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