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Turabian Citation Style Guide 8th Edition: C. Blog Entries and Comments

This guide will help you cite sources in the Turabian/Chicago Style.

About Citing Websites

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

This information and several of the examples were drawn from A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations (8th 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 (pp. 197-8; 261).
 
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 (p. 198).
  
General Format
 
 
 Notes-Bibliography Style (pp. 197-8):
 
      Note: 
 
      Note Number. Author First Name/Initial Author 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):
 
 
    
   Reader Comment Entry:
   
   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.
   
Examples

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

      Bibliographic Entry (if necessary):
 
  
  
     Reader Comment Example:
 

   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, accessed December 2, 2011, http://www.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/09/01/second_thoughts_about_the_debt_debacle.

 

 General Format

  
Author-Date Style (p. 261)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
 
      (Author Last Name Year)

 

       Reference List Entry:
 
 
 
Examples
 
      Parenthetical Entry:
 

      (Cavett 2011)

  
      Reference List Entry:
       
      Reader Comment Entry:
 
For Author-Date style, cite reader comments in parenthetical citations within the text and include the date and time of the comment followed by other relevant information. List the commenter's name exactly as it appears even if it is a pseudonym.
 
   Example:  (Mr. Feel Good, February 14, 2012 [1:37 a.m.], comment on Becker 2012) According to a comment by Mr. Feel Good on February 14, 2012 (1:37 a.m.), ...
 

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