Blog post or comment [from Electronic source using APA 6th ed.]

Overview

A blog is much like a general web page. It will probably have an author and a title for the blog post or comment. The assumption is that you will reference an individual blog post or comment, and that if using more than one, you will reference each one separately. Make sure you give a URL for the blog post or comment you are referencing, rather than the home page of the blog.

To locate the web address of an individual post, click on the date and time stamp beneath (or next to) the post in question to be taken to the individual status update page with its own URL.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. (year, month day). Title [Blog post] or [Blog comment]. Retrieved from web address

Examples

Bystander. (2007, May 25). Once bitten ... [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://thelawwestofealingbroadway.blogspot.com/2007/05/once-bitten.html

Maharg, P. (2007, March 23). ICE3, day three [Blog post]. Retrieved from http://zeugma.typepad.com/zeugma/2007/03/ice3_day_three.html#more

Marketing [Blog post]. (2007, January 16). Retrieved http://criminalsolicitor.blogspot.com/2007/01/marketing.html

Citation in Text

The use of the phrase "design multinational and multicultural perspectives that trigger cognitive dissonance" shows that Maharg (2007) has adopted the jargon of the discipline ...

This blogger ("Marketing", 2007) suggests that word of mouth is the most effective route for solicitors to attract criminal clients ...

Notes

  • If the author adopts a screen name, you can use this at the beginning of your reference.
  • If no author is named on the item you are trying to reference, move the title to the start of the reference and follow that by the year of publication. The title should be enclosed in quotation marks when citing in the text.
  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.