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Correct Blog Citations Using APA, MLA, Harvard, and Chicago

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You thought that your citation game was strong. But you’ve hit a blog. Don’t stress. Blog style citations typically break down the who, when, what and where of the blog you used. Just so you are prepared for anything that comes your way, learn the formats for APA, MLA, Harvard and Chicago.

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How to Cite a Blog in APA

Social science, education or psychology writers, listen up. This is for you. Blog citations in your APA Reference List will follow: who, when, what and where.

  • Who: This could be the author name or a screen name. While author name is preferred, you have to use what you have.
  • When: The date of the post (e.g. 2018, November 30).
  • What: The title of the post (only the first letter will be capitalized). Then add the medium (e.g. blog) in brackets.
  • Where: This is easy. Just provide the URL.

Examples  

McAdoo, T. (2016, April 5). How to cite a blog post in APA style [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2016/04/how-to-cite-a-blog-post-in-apa-style.html

 

Freakonomics. (2018, November 29). How to be happy [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://freakonomics.com/podcast/how-to-be-happy_radio/

 

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Citing a Blog in MLA

Humanities writing more your end game? MLA is what you are looking for. Citing blogs in your MLA Works Cited page gets a bit more in-depth. These citations include:

  • Author name (name, screen name, handle, etc.): If both the author’s name and screen name are available list the author’s name in brackets after the screen name (e.g. Crashtastic [Jennifer Betts]).
  • Post title in quotations
  • Name of the website in italics
  • Version, if available
  • Sponsor or publisher affiliated with the blog
  • URL or DOI
  • Access date

Example

Timothy McAdoo. “How to Cite a Blog Post in APA Style.” APA Style. American Psychological Association, blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2016/04/how-to-cite-a-blog-post-in-apa-style.html2018, 30 November, 2018

Chicago Blog Citations

Chicago style is an all-around formatting style that can be used for humanities and social science writing. While not as in-depth as MLA, it does ask for a little more information than APA.

  • Author: This can include the first and last name if available or the screen name.
  • Title of the post in quotation marks
  • Blog title
  • Medium in brackets, if blog isn’t in the name
  • Publisher or sponsor, if available
  • Date (month, date, year)
  • URL

Example

McAdoo, Timothy, “How to Cite a Blog Post in APA Style,” APA Style (blog), American Psychological Association, April 5, 2016, https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2016/04/how-to-cite-a-blog-post-in-apa-style.html.

 

Harvard Style Blog Citations

Harvard blog citations really aren’t that different than their other style cousins. They look for the same info and tell you that you will be citing a blog. Check out the format.

  • Author: last, first or screen name.
  • Year published in parentheses
  • Title of the blog
  • Medium in brackets (e.g. [Blog])
  • Blog title in italics
  • URL
  • Accessed date (day, month, year) in parentheses

Example

McAdoo, Timothy. (2016). How to cite a blog in APA format [Blog]. APA style. Available at: https://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2016/04/how-to-cite-a-blog-post-in-apa-style.html (Accessed: 30 November, 2018)

Perfect Blog Citations Every Time

Whew, that was a lot! However, now you have the tools for perfection. Whether you need to cite a blog in APA, Harvard, Chicago or MLA follow the rules above and you will become a blog citing master.

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Jennifer Betts

Jennifer Betts is a diverse educational writer who has been published in multiple online forums. She also works part time as a substitute teacher with seven different school districts. Building on skills gained from a brother and son with learning disabilities, she has been a tutor and mentor for disadvantaged children for more than 20 years. Interested in learning more about Jennifer Betts, just ask.

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