How to Better Cite Blogs
Via BoingBoing, we learn that the NIH has a guide to citing blogs. Cool! Respectworthy! And a little lacking as a citation format. Here’s their first sample:
Bernstein M. Bioethics Discussion Blog [Internet]. Los Angeles: Maurice Bernstein. 2004 Jul – [cited 2007 May 16]. Available from: http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/.
There are at least two major problems with this citation format.
Firstly, the URL to the post itself is missing. I might want to cite ““How to Cite Blogs” by the NIH / National Library of Medicine” on Kidney Notes. In which case, I should print the URL “http://www.kidneynotes.com/2007/10/how-to-cite-blogs-by-nih-national.html” It strikes me as rare to want to cite a blog in general, rather than in particulars. We get to example 29 before we see this.
Secondly, I should include a real, full date. When I cited is uninteresting. When I visited might be. When the post was posted certainly is. Only a small fraction of the citations include a date of publication, and those refer to (say) June, 2006.