How to Cite a Blog Post in MLA, APA, or Chicago

As new forms of online communication become acceptable sources in an academic setting, questions regarding proper citation continue to arise. You might be confused about how to cite certain things, but we promise it’s easier than it seems. Luckily, we’ve got you covered as you look to cite a blog post for your next paper (regardless of which citation style you’d like to use).

To cite a blog post, you should make note of the following pieces of informations:

  1. The name of the blog the post has been published on
  2. The title of the specific post you’re citing
  3. The date the post was published
  4. The author of the post
  5. The publisher of the blog site
  6. The URL or direct link to the post

Screenshot of blog post

Use the following structure to cite a blog post in MLA 8:

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, Link to post (omit // or //).

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 8:

Kirschenbaum, Michele. “10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article.” EasyBib, 4 Jan. 2017, www.easybib.com/guides/10-ways-to-spot-a-fake-news-article/.

Use the following structure to cite a blog post in APA:

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Month Day post was published). Title of post. [Blog post]. Retrieved from Link to Post

Here’s how the above example would be cited in APA:

Kirschenbaum, M. (2017, January 4). 10 ways to spot a fake news article [Blog post]. Retrieved from /10-ways-to-spot-a-fake-news-article/

In Chicago, blog posts are generally only cited in the body of a project and also in the footnotes

Example:

“In EasyBib’s blog post on January 4th, 2017, the author shares many ways to spot a fake news article….”

Footnote:

  1. Michele Kirschenbaum, “10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article,” EasyBib (blog), January 4, 2017, /10-ways-to-spot-a-fake-news-article/.

If the blog post was used significantly in your project, or if your instructor prefers a full citation in the bibliography, use the following structure:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of Blog Post.” Title of Blog (blog), Date, Link to post.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago:

Kirschenbaum, Michele. “10 Ways to Spot a Fake News Article.” EasyBib (blog), January 4, 2017, /10-ways-to-spot-a-fake-news-article/.


Find more blog examples with these additional guides:

Or use EasyBib linked here to create your citation! We have forms for over 50 source types including blog!

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Ella Chochrek

Ella is a student at Washington University in St. Louis studying political science and psychology. Originally from Westchester, New York, Ella loves to write and edit. She is editor-in-chief of Wash. U.’s student newspaper, Student Life, and tutors students on Chegg.com, primarily helping with paper editing.