How to Cite a Blog in MLA 9

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Blog – A website with regular (and sometimes opinionated) posts that allows commentary and discussion from readers. To cite a website in MLA that’s not a blog, you’ll need to use a different citation format.

Citing a Blog Post

MLA Blog Post Citation Structure:

Author’s Last Name, Author’s First Name. “Title of Post.” Blog Name, Publisher (only include this information if it is different than the name of the blog site), date blog post was published, URL. Column or section name (if applicable).

Note: MLA 9 does not require the access date for online articles. (This is the day that the article was found and read.) However, some instructors still ask for it – double-check if your instructor requires it.


MLA Blog Post Citation Example:

Cohen, Micah. “Retirements Contributing to Largest Senate Turnover in Decades.” FiveThirtyEight, The New York Times Company, 28 Mar. 2013,

MLA Blog Post In-text Citation Structure: 

(Author Last Name)

MLA Blog Post In-text Citation Example: 


Note: Blog posts are sometimes posted in a video format (known as a vlog) on websites like YouTube. In those cases, you will instead need to know how to cite a YouTube video in MLA.


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