How to Cite a Tweet in APA, MLA or Chicago

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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 8APA, and Chicago/Turabian.

MLA 8th ed.

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