Hey, a post from my blog is used as the example in the DK Handbook, a visual guide for English composition that looks like those visual guides to StarWars or pregnancy or whatever but deals with grammar and how to reference sources.

facsmile of a page from a book that shows a screenshot of a post in this blog as an example of a blog post

Why, though, have they put two different dates in the citation, and neither date is the date of the post? I’m guessing that the first date is wrong by mistake (5 May because of confusion about European dates – the month was 5 but they put that as the date as well?), and that the second date should have had an “Accessed” before it?

I’m thinking the correct citation would be

Rettberg, Jill Walker. “The Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs Blogs Differently to U.S. politicians.” jill/txt. 22 May 2007. Accessed 27 May 2007. < http://jilltxt.net/?p=2026>.

Anyway, I’m enjoying being the example. Thanks to William Wend for noticing!

4 thoughts on “how to cite a blog

  1. Mike

    The book is by Anne Wysocki, a blogger and scholar in rhetoric and composition and its subfield of computers and writing, and your blogging and scholarship — as you know from your interactions with Clancy Ratliff — has some fans in those fields of ours. Who knows? Maybe someday we’ll get to see a presentation from you at 4Cs or Computers & Writing. I think that would be pretty cool.

  2. Lohan G

    how to cite a blog http://jilltxt.net/?p=2500

  3. Anders

    The reference is in the style recommended by the Modern Language Association (MLA). It is in my opinion the by far most sensible of the many academic reference styles out there. According to the MLA style handbook, you don’t need to but in the ‘accessed’. OK, that may not be so sensible, but you learn it quickly. http://www.mla.org/style

  4. Jill Walker Rettberg

    OK, so you don’t need “Accessed”. But they should have gotten the date for the actual blog post correct. Ah well.

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