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Turabian Citation Style Guide 9th Edition: C. Blog Entries and Comments

About Citing Books

For each type of source in this guide, the general form and specific examples will be provided for the Notes-Bibliography style options of Turabian.

This information and several of the examples were drawn from A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (9th Edition). Numbers in parentheses refer to specific pages in the manual.

For further information, please ask your instructor or refer to the Turabian manual.

Blog Entries and Comments

Blog entries and comments are cited like newspaper articles and may also be cited in the running text instead of in a note, bibliography, or reference list (i.e. "In a comment posted to The Becker-Posner Blog on February 16, 2012..."). Give the blogger's name exactly as listed even if it is obviously a pseudonym. However, if the blogger's real name can be determined, include this information in brackets following the blog name (17.5.2). Only include access date when publication or modified date is not provided.
 
When citing a reader's comment, follow the basic pattern for blog entries but first identify the commenter's name (exactly as listed) and the date/time the comment was posted (17.5.2).
  

General Format

 
Footnote: 
 
Superscript Note Number Author First Name/Initial Last Name, "Title of Blog Entry," Name of Blog, Date of Blog Entry, accessed Date of Access, URL.
 
 
Bibliographic Entry (necessary if citation is critical to your argument or frequently cited in your paper):
Author Last Name, First Name. "Title of Blog Entry." Name of Blog. Accessed Date of  Access. URL.
 
    
Reader Comment Entry:
   
Superscript Note Number. Commenter's Name, comment, Date and (Time of Posting), on "Title of Blog Entry," Name of Blog, Date of Blog Entry, accessed Date of Access, URL.
 
   

Example

 

Footnote:
 
9 Gary Becker, "Is Capitalism in Crisis?," The Becker-Posner Blog, February 12, 2012, http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/02/is-capitalism-in-crisis-becker.html.
 
9 Gary Becker, "Is Capitalism in Crisis?," The Becker-Posner Blog, accessed February 16, 2012, http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/02/is-capitalism-in-crisis-becker.html.

Bibliographic Entry (if necessary):
 
Becker, Gary. "Is Capitalism in Crisis?" The Becker-Posner Blog, February 12, 2012. http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/02/is-capitalism-in-crisis-becker.html.
 
Becker, Gary. "Is Capitalism in Crisis?" The Becker-Posner Blog. Accessed February 16, 2012. http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2012/02/is-capitalism-in-crisis-becker.html.
   
 
Reader Comment Example:
Footnote: 
9  Roman Gil, comment, September 4, 2011 (2:14 p.m. ET), on "Second Thoughts about the Debt Debacle," Daniel W. Drezner (blog), Foreign Policy, September 1, 2011, http://www.foreignpolicy.com_second_thoughts_about_the_debt_debacle.

 

9  Roman Gil, comment, September 4, 2011 (2:14 p.m. ET), on "Second Thoughts about the Debt Debacle," Daniel W. Drezner (blog), Foreign Policy, accessed December 2, 2011, http://www.foreignpolicy.com_second_thoughts_about_the_debt_debacle.

 

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