Social media citations: Twitter, YouTube, Facebook and more


With citation style guides only updated every few years, many students have trouble finding citation examples for recent technological innovations like Twitter or Facebook.  While you won’t always find the example that you need, some of the Associations responsible for popular style guides (such as the American Psychological Association or the Modern Language Association) are starting to post frequently-asked questions to their websites.

Here are a few places to get you started in those random but hard-to-find references.  As more are released, we’ll make sure to update this post!

  1. Twitter
    1. APA: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/10/how-to-cite-twitter-and-facebook-part-ii.html
    2. MLA: http://www.mla.org/style/handbook_faq/cite_a_tweet
    3. Chicago: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/qanda/data/faq/topics/Documentation/faq0164.html
  2. You Tube:
    1. APA: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2011/10/how-to-create-a-reference-for-a-youtube-video.html
    2. Chicago: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec280.html
  3. Facebook
    1. APA: http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/2009/10/how-to-cite-twitter-and-facebook-part-ii.html
    2. Chicago: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/ch14/ch14_sec245.html

If you can’t find precise formatting for the type of citation you need, make sure to consult a library staff member for assistance.

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