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How to Cite a Blog Entry and Comment

January 9, 2009

For citing a blog entry and posted comment, according to the 7th Edition of in the book titled A Manual for Writers for Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations By Kate Turabian,

“To Cite an entry post by the author of the site follow the basic pattern for Web Sites. Include the author’s name and the date of posting. Such Items should usually be cited only in a note. You generally need not to include them in your bibliography, although you may choose to include you may choose to include a specific items that is critical to your argument or frequently cited”

For further illustration, this is an example which book gives:

N: Gary Becker, The New American Dilemma: Illegal Immigration”, The Becker Posner Blog, entry March 6, 2006, http://www.becker-posner-blog.com [accessed March 28,2006]

“To Cite a Comment posted on A Weblog by someone other than the author of this site, follow the basic pattern for Weblog entries. Identify the material as s comment, and include the data when the comment (not the entry itself was posted. If the comment authors’ name is incomplete or pseudonym, add pseud.in brackets after the posted name”

Here is how the book illustrates applying it,

Peter Pearson,comment on “The American Dilemma: Illegal Immigration”, The Becker Posner Blog, entry March 6,2006,http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/archives2006/03/the_new_america.html#c080052 [accessed March 28,2006]

Bill [psued], comment on “The American Dilemma:Illegal Immigration”,The Becker Posner Blog, entry March 6, 2006,comment posted March 10,2006,http://www.becker-posnerblog.com/archives2006/03/the_new_america.html#c080149 [accessed March 28,2006]

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2009 11:48 pm

    Thanks a bunch, I’m trying to get a headstart on the references section, and this will help!

    Now if only I could figure out a way to get Zotero to record blog entries like this… It probably can, and I just need to figure it out.

  2. January 15, 2009 3:56 am

    Thanks Owen for your comment. I am still discovering Zotero. So far, I do cite manually. It is time consuming particularly if one is using different citation styles, such as Harvard, AAA, ASA etc, to fit with each gated on non gated journals! However citing on one’s blogs is more easier…

  3. January 26, 2009 3:45 pm

    Some blogs work with Zotero. I’ll see if I can’t figure out how to add the Zotero tags to wordpress, and if I do figure it out i’ll post how.

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