How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing


How To Cite Social Media: MLA & APA Formats:

As it seems that social media will  play a bigger role in future research of all disciplines, there must be a way  on how Facebook posts, tweets, YouTube videos, etc. should be cited in academic publications.

Well, it’s official, you can now officially cite social media sources in MLA and APA formats. Although this might not seem like a big deal, it is an important step in acknowledging social media as an important source of information for scholarly work. Of course, it warrants a discussion with students about when to cite tweets. For example, citing a person’s opinion in a paper is important, but citing a person’s tweet as a factual basis for an argument doesn’t hold up nearly as well!

Check out the citation formats below, and feel free to download, share and copy this graphic:

The Chicago Manual of Style

Blog Posts:

Firstname Lastname, “Title of the Blog Post Entry,” title or description of the blog with (blog), Date posted, url.

* Note – “(blog)” does not need to be included if the word “blog” is part of the name of the blog already.

Citations of blog posts are part of the notes and not included in the bibliography unless they are frequently cited in one paper.


Firstname Lastname, email message to XX, Date.

Citations of emails are usually provided in a note and are rarely listed in a bibliography. Email addresses should not be included.

source: / teachbytes


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