What is a blog?
A blog is an online source in any language or length read through a Web browser:
What are the characteristics of a blog?
Blog content can be fiction or nonfiction. The writing may resemble another genre:
What kinds of media are included in a blog?
While many blogs include visual elements, others are composed almost entirely of images, animation or sound.
How is a blog different from a Web page?
A blog is designed to stimulate conversations by:
A blogger develops an interactive community of readers and other bloggers by:
What is a blog hub?
A group of blogs hosted on the same domain such as:
Where do I find the blogger's name?
A blogger's real name, handle, or screen name (alias) appears:
Multi-author blogs have posts written by different authors.
What if I can't find a name?
Governments, associations, agencies, companies, and other organizations can author blogs, but posts may be unsigned.
Tip: An organization's name is entered in the last-name field in NoodleTools.
How do I evaluate a contributor's credentials?
A contributor's credentials should relate to your subject. A credible blogger might:
Every author has opinions and a worldview that shape his or her treatment of a subject. As you read the blog post, ask yourself how the author's views and affiliations might affect the presentation or omission of information.
How do I evaluate a contributor's expertise?
A contributor's expertise should relate to your subject. A credible blogger might:
How do I fact-check the blogger's information?
Follow the trail of evidence to see who the writer links to, quotes or references:
Corroborate: Compare information from different media (e.g., magazines, reports, newspapers, journals) to gather diverse viewpoints.
How do I evaluate an argument in a post?
How strong is the author's logic?
What is the blogger's rhetorical purpose (e.g., to persuade, inform, describe)?
How does this source fit?
How do I recognize the title of a blog?
What is the post's title?
Look for the title of a post near the top of the entry next to the posting date.
Who is the publisher or sponsor of a blog?
Any company, government, nongovernmental organization, nonprofit or group can publish or sponsor a blog.
Where do I find the publisher's or sponsor's name?
Tip: Do not use the blogging service (e.g., Blogger, Movable Type, TypePad, WordPress) as the publisher or sponsor.
Where do I find the publication date?
Gather elements for your citation from the database record or print magazine.
Tip: Do not use the date next to the copyright symbol (the footer).
Which URL can I use?
The URL in the browser's address bar may not be permanent. To display a stable link to the blog post:
How do I cite a blog post in a database?
Option #1: Locate the blog post on the Web and cite it directly
Option #2: If published as part of a print anthology, cite it as a short work in an anthology in the database
Option #3: Cite it as original material in the database