I have a happy place in my mind where this website is so amazing and widely known that people cite it constantly in works of sociological and academic merit.
Yeah, I know.
But, happy place aside, even if you’re not citing this blog, it’s not too crazy to imagine you might end up citing some website or blog at some point. I mean, Wikipedia and The Smithsonian are both pretty reliable primary sources.
So, if you’re using websites as sources, how do you cite them?
Here’s a basic overview of the general guidelines:
How to Cite
a Blog APA Style
If you are using APA style, this is how a blog citation should look:
Author’s last name, first initial (or screen name). (Year, month, day of publication). Blog post title [Blog post]. Retrieved from (paste URL of blog here).
Here is an example that should clarify.
Doe, J. (2019 May 12). A Brief History of History [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://myopinionmatters.blogspot.com/brief-history-of-history/
How to Cite a Blog MLA Style
If you are using MLA style to create your bibliography and footnotes, here is an example of citing a blog in this style:
Author’s last name, First, Middle initial. “Title of blog post.” Blog post type. Title of Blog or Website. Publisher of Website. Date, Month, Year published. Web. Date, Month Year Accessed (read or found).
Taking our previous example, here is that citation clarified in MLA:
Doe, John Q. “A Brief History of History.” Video blog post. My Opinion Matters, Digital Opinion Inc. 12 May 2019. Web. 20 May 2019.
How to Cite a Blog Chicago Style
If you’re writing in a business context, it’s likely that your citations will adhere to a set of rules known as the Chicago Style. In the Chicago Style, the basic root citation looks like this:
Author’s first name, last name. “Title of Blog Post.” Blog title (blog), blog publisher (if known), month date, year of post, URL.
(A side note: The Manual only mentions blogs in running text or footnotes; they are not required in the bibliography unless you are citing that blog multiple times.)
Using our first example, here’s how this would look in Chicago Style:
John Doe. “A Brief History of History.” My Opinion Matters (blog), Digital Opinion Inc., May 12, 2019, http://myopinionmatters.blogspot.com/brief-history-of-history/
So there you go – easy citation rules (plus examples) for all three major styles.
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