How to Cite a Blog in Chicago/Turabian

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Blogs are a commonly cited resource. They consist of a website with individual posts that are published on a regular basis, and can cover almost any topic. Due to the serial nature of the posts on a blog, the citation format for this type of source is similar to that for a newspaper article. This guide will show you how to cite a blog post in notes-bibliography style using the 17th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style. You can find more information on citing blogs in our guide on how to cite a website in Chicago.

Guide Overview


Citing a Blog Post

Citation Structure

Note:

1. First Name Last Name, “Title of Blog Post,” Blog Title (blog), Publisher/Sponsor of Blog (if applicable), Month Date, Year of post, URL.

Bibliography:

Last Name, First Name. “Title of Blog Post.” Blog Title (blog). Publisher/Sponsor of Blog (if applicable), Month Date, Year of post. URL.

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Citation Example

Note:

1. Nate Silver, “The White House is Not a Metronome,” FiveThirtyEight (blog), New York Times, July 18, 2013, https://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/the-white-house-is-not-a-metronome/.

Bibliography:

Silver, Nate. “The White House is Not a Metronome.” FiveThirtyEight (blog). New York Times, July 18, 2013. https://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/18/the-white-house-is-not-a-metronome/.


Citing a Whole Blog

If you need to cite a whole blog (i.e., you want to refer to the blog’s whole body of work), you should only create a bibliography entry and not a note.

Citation Structure

Bibliography:

Editor Last Name, First Name (if applicable), ed. Blog Title (blog). Publisher/Sponsor of Blog (if applicable). URL.

Citation Example

Bibliography:

Babbage (blog). The Economist. https://www.economist.com/babbage.


Citing a Blog Comment

References to comments on blog posts are usually cited within the text, but can be included in the notes as well. However, it is not necessary to create a bibliography entry for a blog comment.

Citation Structure

Note:

1. User First Name Last Name (or username), Month Day, Year posted, comment on Author Last Name, “Blog Post Title,” URL.

Citation Example

Note:

Walt8, January 5, 2022, comment on Allen and Sumner, “A Look at the Capitals’ Long Climb Toward an All-Time Goal Differential of Zero,” https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/01/05/capitals-goal-differential-zero/.

 


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