Give your blog some credibility and get your information directly from the source. Using trusted sources and citing your information will prove that you know what you’re blogging about.

Cite your sources. It will make your blog more credible.
Cite your sources. It will make your blog more credible.
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First, Find Some Credible Sources

There are a ton of reliable sources. Books. Academic Papers. Interviews. How are you supposed to know which sources are legit? When it comes to getting information from websites, you’ve got to be careful. Look for the following domains for a better chance at factual sources:

  • .org
  • .gov
  • .net
  • .edu

If you get your statistics or facts from a website with the domain ‘.com,’ you’ve got to be cautious. Those websites usually pull information from other sources and cite them at the bottom of their page. Use those sources in your blog, not the regurgitated facts. You want the original sources.

1. Manual Citations

Manual citations.
Manual Citations.
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Nowadays, most copyright holders include the citation they want you to use in your blog. It’s common in photography and videos. If the website you are using as a source has a single author, you would use this format:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher, Date of Publication in Day Month Year format, URL.

If you can’t find the name of the author on the website, this format will better work for your citations:

“Title of Web Page.” Title of Website, Publisher, Date published in Day Month Year format, URL.

2. Citation Generators

Citation Generators.
Citation Generators.
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There are brilliant tools on the internet that will generate a citation for you. The Citation Machine allows you to paste the URL of your sources into the search bar and it will auto-fill a citation to add in your blog. There’s also a manual entry method to make sure your information is correct. You can use the citation machine for books, websites, movies, etc. It’s incredibly helpful.

When you’re using a citation generator, always double-check that the citation is correct. Just because it’s easier, doesn’t mean it’s always correct. There’s no excuse not to cite your sources in your blog. The citation generator has given you a simple way to do so, but you should always double check.

3. Works Cited Section

Works Cited Section.
Works Cited Section.
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If you have used a lot of sources throughout your blog, it’s a brilliant idea to add a works cited section to the bottom of your page. This way, your citations don’t mess up the layout of your writing, but are still available.

If any of your readers question the credibility of your facts, they can look at the works cited section and see that you have done your research. Keep your citations in alphabetical order and include the title ‘works cited’ to make your sources clear.

4. In-Text Citations

In-Text Citations.
In-Text Citations.
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If you are using a direct quote or statistic in your blog, consider adding an in-text citation to make your citation clear. It will give your viewers the opportunity to view your sources if they want to know more.

These generally consist of parentheses and the last names of the authors or the first few words of the web page title. (EasyBib)

An in-text citation comes after your information in parentheses. It would be the author’s name or, in the case there’s no visible author, the name of the website. Always give your sources credit in your blog through proper citations.

Research takes time and effort. Don’t disrespect your sources by not citing them in your blog. Always cite your sources.