How to Cite a Blog

by on October 12, 2007 at 11:52 am in Data Source | Permalink

Here’s a sign of the times, the NIH provides a style guide on how to cite a blog.  Bizarrely, however, they include a space for "Place of Publication."  It’s annoying enough that book citations require a location for the publisher – does anyone use this?  Ever?  We should not carry wasteful practices to the web.

Still, the idea that blogs can and should be cited is nice to see.  The bottom line?  Two r’s in Tabarrok.

Hat tip to Boing Boing Blog.

josh October 12, 2007 at 12:23 pm

I HATE style-guides!

sa October 12, 2007 at 1:03 pm

This is just the beginning.

I found a lot of doubts about Farewell to Alms clarified in a excellent 4-5post and response on Econlog between Caplan and Clark. Blogs like MR of course have and will continue to set the tone for standard practices wrt blogs.

Robert S. Porter October 12, 2007 at 1:25 pm

So when we cite Marginal Revolution what do we use for the place of publication? Fairfax, where you live, where the server is located?

Bruce G Charlton October 12, 2007 at 1:37 pm

I have no citation for this – but I was once told that all (British) publications required the publishers name and address because they were legally responsible for the content – in other words, so that they could be tracked down and sued for libel, blasphemy or whatever.

Probably the ISP is the modern equivalent.

Matt Leese October 12, 2007 at 4:09 pm

This is simply an assumption about the need to cite a publisher’s location but, for a smaller publisher from a smaller country, (particularly in a pre-Internet world), the city may be needed to find the publisher. On reading the story of Lonely Planet’s creation, it seems that early on they were virtually unheard of and it would’ve been particularly hard to find them if you were, in say, Europe. However, this is purely speculation.

DR PETER TEIMAN FRANKLIN October 12, 2007 at 11:07 pm

DR PETER TEIMAN FRANKLIN here,
Nice to see that even the NIH appreciates blogs.
DOCTOR PETER TEIMAN FRANKLIN
Sweden

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dave October 15, 2007 at 10:36 am

Isn’t “citing a blog” one of the final signs of the apocolypse?

unhappyjuggler October 15, 2007 at 4:40 pm

Reading on in Revelations 4:6: “And to the west of Babylon, in the place called Faire-fak, you will find many teachers of error.”

PETER TEIMAN Franklin here, February 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm

PETER TEIMAN Franklin here,
It is interesting how blogs have begun to transmit scientific ideas even faster than journals.
PETER TEIMAN Franklin,
Sweden

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