Properly Citing Tweets in Publications

Considering the popularity of Twitter it is not surprising to see more and more publications are nowadays citing tweets. Learn about the correct way of making such citations.

Twitter is a microblogging website that allows users to share their updates in no more than 140 characters. The phenomenal success and popularity of Twitter has made it a very important conversation platform where millions of people speak their mind.

Now authors have begun to take note of and mention tweets in the published material. As properly citing the source of information is very important, we will tell you how to cite a tweet.

The American Psychological Association (APA) style of citation is often used in the fields of social sciences, such as business, criminal justice, economics and law, and medical subjects, including nursing and psychology. If you are using the APA style, you should use the following template to cite a tweet:

@twitter-handle. (year, month day). text-of-the-tweet. Retrieved from full-url-of-the-tweet.

For example:

@TechWelkin. (2012, March 28). JK Rowling Launches Pottermore to Sell Harry Potter E-books Retrieved from!/TechWelkin/status/184996917711876098

Another popular style of citation is the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. This style is more commonly used in the fields of literature, mass communications and media studies etc. For MLA style, use the following template:

@twitter-handle. text-of-tweet. tweet-publishing-date. Web. date-when-you-accessed-the-tweet.

For example:

@TechWelkin. JK Rowling Launches Pottermore to Sell Harry Potter E-books  28 Mar. 2012. Web. 29 Mar. 2012.

Remember to take care of formatting. Take care about typing periods, spaces and italicizing

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