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APSA Style blog citation in APSA format

The abbreviation APSA stands for the American Political Science Association (founded in 1903) – the institution that organizes professional study of political science and brings together people dealing with politics. The APSA citation guide is based on the style Manual for Political Science (1993) and the Chicago Manual of style, 14th edition (1993), therefore APSA citation style is quite similar to Chicago citation style.

Due to globalization matters and rapidly spreading network the question: “How to cite a blog post?” become rather common, though the ASPA citation style does not have strict regulations for this kind of references. However, if you are quoting or paraphrasing part of a blog post, you should create a reference to that specific post. Nevertheless, the key elements are remain the same as for any other source ( ebook, journal article, recorded film on DVD or more specific as Senate floor debate)   of the reference are as follows:

“who”: This is usually one or two people but can also be a company name or other type of group author. In the first example below, the post was credited to just “Freakonomics” (a screen name for the author or authors of the blog by the same name). If a byline is not evident, look at the beginning or end of the post for wording like “posted by.”

“when”: Blog posts generally provide the year, month, and date. Include these within the parentheses in your reference. If the blog doesn’t give that level of detail, just include the year or year and month, if that’s all you can find. (Note that your in-text citation will include only the year; see the examples below).

“what”: This it the title of the blog post followed by a notation of “[Blog post].”

“where”: Use “Retrieved from” and the URL of the blog post.

In fact, you may also use free citation machine to create a APSA blog post citation by following given template:

  • Author;
  • Year;
  • Title;
  • Name of blog;
  • Publication month;
  • URL;
  • Date of access.