How to Properly Cite Blog Sources

images (47) There are times that bloggers will have to use information obtained from the works of others. Although this is not encouraged to be done frequently, it should come with the proper citation of resources. If the writer feels that he would rather not provide proper attribution, the only thing left for him to do is not to use the information. Originality is a prized factor in blogging thus bloggers must do their best to produce works that can still be considered their own even with some words, phrases, and even ideas coming from other writers. This will not be considered plagiarizing or copying if done sparingly and only when absolutely needed to emphasize a point or a fact. Using the words, phrases, and ideas of others however will require proper attribution or citation to be acceptable in the blogging world.

Citing Sources

The source of the used information should always be credited. There are recommended ways of doing this ranging from the simple provision of a back-link to the more formal type often used in academic papers. The latter requires a specific form requiring among others information about the author name, publication, and the date. Citing the sources provides an acceptable connection between two articles having some similarity in texts while establishing the non-intention to infringe on copyrights.

Asking Permission

There are some works like photos which are willingly provided by their owners for use by the public without requiring attribution. However, it is always best to provide pertinent attribution to give credit where credit is due. There are specific instances where asking permission from an author or a photographer for the use of their works is the best thing to do. Many copyright owners expressly request this courtesy before they allow the use of any part of their work.

Providing Last Access Date

This step is more for the protection of the blogger. In citing blog sources, it is important to include when the blog was last accessed. This is simply because content of blogs can be changed, modified, or edited at any time which can effectively alter the given information. The last access date can provide the explanation for any discrepancy that may arise in the future with the interpretation of the information used. Bloggers would do well to observe common courtesies. Providing proper attribution and citation is the key to preserving the rights of all people who choose to have their work accessible online. It must continuously be done until it becomes a way of life for all online participants. Teresa is a researcher-writer who covers a wide range of topics in search of useful information. Image:

Originally posted on March 29, 2013 @ 1:02 am