How to Cite Social Media. Tips and Examples

Thanks to the technological development we now have a much wider range of sources to cite. In addition to Internet scientific publications, we are able to cite emails, tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts, as well as YouTube videos. It seems even more complicated when you realize — there are at least three most common citation formats (APA, MLA, and Chicago). How not get confused in this puzzling world of citation rules? Simply follow these tips and learn how to cite social media without any mistakes.

Twitter

Let’s start with Twitter. It can be a very useful and reliable source of information, especially if you cite politicians, public officers, and official representatives of companies. There are a few obvious reasons why Twitter is often used as a data source for social research:

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