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Social Media Citations

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There has been a lot of talk lately about the death of citations, or need for revision. I am all for revising the clunky standards for something more flexible that maintains some way to track down the original research. These days research is evolving, and often we might want to cite a tweet or other social media. Here are some guides for citing tweets, Facebook, and blogs:

Twitter
Did you know that there is a form for citing tweets? You may want to use this to list influential tweets in a paper or blog post you are writing. Here are two forms for citations: APA and MLA.

MLA
Last Name, First Name (User Name). "The tweet in its entirety." Date, Time. Tweet.

Example:
To cite this twitter post: https://twitter.com/UMNExt/status/213663805819981825 in MLA, you would cite it like this:
University of MN Extension. "Video on cleaning your home after a flood: youtu.be/Mc8UZHM_1Y4. 15 June 2012, 9:06 a.m. Tweet.

APA
Twitter handle (Author). (Year, Month Day of tweet). Full text of tweet [Twitter post]. Retrieved from [fill in your website here].

Example:
To cite this twitter post: https://twitter.com/UMNExt/status/213663805819981825 in APA, you would cite it like this:
University of MN Extension. (2012, June 15). "Video on cleaning your home after a flood: youtu.be/Mc8UZHM_1Y4 [Twitter post]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/UMNExt/status/213663805819981825.

Facebook

How to Cite Fan Pages, Group Pages and Profile Information from APA

Blogs
How to Cite Blog Posts from Ann Norby in YD Update.