How to cite a blog post in Harvard

Harvard blog post citation

To cite a blog post in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the blog post: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J.) of up to three authors with the last name preceded by 'and'. For four authors or more include the first name followed by et al., unless your institution requires referencing of all named authors.
  2. Year of publication: Give the year in round brackets.
  3. Title of the post: Give the title of blog posts in single quotation marks.
  4. Title of the blog: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  5. Date of publication: Give the day and month of publication.
  6. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).
  7. Date of access: Give the day and month of publication.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a blog post in Harvard style:

Author(s) of the blog post. (Year of publication) 'Title of the post', Title of the blog, Date of publication. Available at: URL (Accessed: Date of access).

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Harvard style guidelines in action:


A blog post by one author from a science digital platform

Torres, P. (2019) 'Why We Should Think Twice About Colonizing Space', Nautilus, 18 February. Available at: 3 December 2019).

A blog post by one author from a popular digital platform

Miller, S. (2018) 'Google's Change the Game initiative is turning girls into game developers', Hello Giggles, 11 December. Available at: 15 June 2019).

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