How to Cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything Thread in APA, MLA, or Chicago

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Published August 12, 2020. Updated August 1, 2021.

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As new forms of online communication become acceptable sources in an academic setting, questions regarding proper citation sometimes arise. You might be confused about how to cite certain things—like a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread—but we promise it’s not as difficult as it might initially seem. Regardless of whether you want to cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread in MLA format, APA format, or Chicago style, we have some tips to help make the process a little easier for you.

To correctly cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread, you must take the following pieces of information into consideration:

  1. The title of the Ask Me Anything thread that you’re citing
  2. The date it was published
  3. The author (usually subject) of the Ask Me Anything thread
  4. The URL (visible in the top of your web browser)

Use the following structure to cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread in MLA 9:

Author’s Last name, First Name [Username if different than their name]. “Thread Title.”  Reddit, date the thread was published, URL (without http:// or https://).

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 9:

Gates, Bill [u/thisisbillgates]. “I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ask Me Anything.” Reddit, 3 Mar. 2017, www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5whpqs/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in an in-text citation:

(Author’s Last Name OR Username)

(Gates)

Use the following structure to cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread in APA:

Author’s Last Name, First Initial. (Year, Date). Thread title [Online forum].  Retrieved from URL

Here’s how the above example would be cited in APA:

Gates, B. (2017, February 27). I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ask me anything [Online forum]. Retrieved from //www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5whpqs/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/

Use the following structure to cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything thread in Chicago:

Author’s Last name, First name. “Thread Title.” Reddit. Accessed Date (Time stamp if available). URL.

Here’s how the above example would be cited in Chicago:

Gates, Bill. “ I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ask Me Anything.” Reddit. Accessed February 27, 2017. //www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/5whpqs/im_bill_gates_cochair_of_the_bill_melinda_gates/.


 

 

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