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Q: How Do I Cite a Tweet?

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    In an increasingly digital world, social media platforms have become one of the most popular sources students turn to when writing a research paper. Below are some examples of how to cite a tweet in 3 citation styles: MLA 8, APA, and Chicago/Turabian.

    MLA 8th ed.

    @TwitterHandle. “Content of Tweet.” Twitter, Date, Time, URL (omit http:// or https://).

    @Britannica. “Nelson Mandela, who fought for racial equality and became South Africa’s 1st black president, was born #OTD in 1918.” Twitter, 18 Jul. 2017, 11:45 a.m.,twitter.com/Britannica/status/887382776747630594.

    APA 6th ed.

    Last name, F. [Twitter handle]. (Year, Month Day). Content of tweet [Tweet]. Retrieved from URL.

    Encyclopedia Britannica. [Britannica]. (2017, July 18). Nelson Mandela, who fought for racial equality and became South Africa’s 1st black president, was born #OTD in 1918. [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/Britannica/status/887382776747630594.

    Chicago 16th ed.

    First name Last name, Twitter post, Month Day, Year, Time, URL.

    Encyclopedia Britannica, Twitter post, July 18, 2017, 11:45 a.m.,https://twitter.com/Britannica/status/887382776747630594.

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