September 22, 2013
How to Cite a Tweet in Academic Papers
Remember when Wikipedia wasn't considered a valid reference source?
With the rapid rise of MOOC and the concomitant ongoing crash-and-burn of traditional academia, it won't be long before footnotes and references that originally appeared on Twitter become part of the Academy.
Fair warning, dead-enders.
That tenure seat is getting increasingly shaky.
Think they can't take it away just because it says "for life?"
Are your eyes closed?
'Cause you must be dreaming.
Goalposts get moved every day.
Wake up and smell the coffee.
And while you're at it, update that resumè and get a website and put your CV up there — it'll be a good first destination when you're searching for your next position.
September 22, 2013 at 12:01 PM | Permalink
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Wikipedia is an interesting phenomena - and, some day it may well become a reliable authority - but, are you going to turn to Wikipedia for IONM standards? Evaluating the risk of one class of anesthesia over another? It's not that kind of resource.
I met you because you had performed and published research addressing a specific medical complication and the morbidity/mortality associated with that complication. I found you in a medical school library. I don't know if your professional publications have ever been digitized, but at the time that I needed your expertise there was just one way to find the information that I needed: a good library.
As for tenure - let's not forget that academic freedom has a valuable place in our world - and tenure makes Kinsey in 1948, Masters & Johnson in 1966, and Lino A. Graglia of the UT School of Law (he of the opinion, "blacks and Mexican-Americans can't compete academically with whites.") safe from termination despite the controversies that their research produced.
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 25, 2013 4:02:59 PM
Wikipedia still isn't a primary source in *MOST* cases...however, if you are doing a paper about wikipedia and its social structures, how would you site information in it?
Hence, the need to be able to cite Wikipedia even if for 99.99999% of the documents out there, you'll never want to use it. I haven't found a reason to cite Twitter in my own work yet either...doesn't mean others can't!
Posted by: clifyt | Sep 24, 2013 12:46:12 PM
Maybe academics are playing fast and loose in C'ville, but Wikipedia is still taboo to cite in an academic paper unless you want to be the object of ridicule.
Posted by: Clay | Sep 23, 2013 7:34:33 PM
I've used this site when creating citations for various articles - http://www.citethisforme.com/
I don't think it creates citations for Twitter, but it does so for many other sources and you can choose the citation format.
Posted by: Graeme | Sep 23, 2013 12:07:01 AM
Posted by: clifyt | Sep 22, 2013 12:41:25 PM
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