How to Cite a Reddit Ask Me Anything Thread

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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 that 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 the 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 8:

Author’s Last name, First Name or Username. “Thread Title.”  Reddit, Date the thread was published, URL (without // or //).

Here’s how the above example would be cited in MLA 8:

Gates, Bill. “I’m Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Ask Me Anything.” Reddit,  Mar. 3, 2017, 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 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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Ella Chochrek

Ella is a student at Washington University in St. Louis studying political science and psychology. Originally from Westchester, New York, Ella loves to write and edit. She is editor-in-chief of Wash. U.’s student newspaper, Student Life, and tutors students on Chegg.com, primarily helping with paper editing.