The MLA's Guide on How to Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper


Fri, Mar 9th, 2012 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Last Name, First Name (Username)
"The entire text of the tweet." Date, Time, the word "Tweet".

If you ever wondered how to properly cite a Tweet in academia, the Modern Language Association (MLA) has come up with a format that you should use.

For example, citing the Tweet that goes with this new item, would look something like this:

Capital of Nasty (capnasty)
"The MLA's Guide on How to Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper" 9 March 2012, 11:00 a.m., Tweet

From the MLA's page with the instructions:

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author's real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.

Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet). For example:

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)." 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

The date and time of a message on Twitter reflect the reader's time zone. Readers in different time zones see different times and, possibly, dates on the same tweet. The date and time that were in effect for the writer of the tweet when it was transmitted are normally not known. Thus, the date and time displayed on Twitter are only approximate guides to the timing of a tweet.



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