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March 3, 2012

How do you cite a tweet in an academic paper?


No doubt this question has been keeping you up at night for the past year or two: now you'll be able to sleep the untroubled slumber of babes.

Wrote Alexis Madrigal on The Atlantic: "The Modern Language Association likes to keep up with the times. As we all know, some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources. So, the MLA has devised a standard format that you should keep in mind. Its form is [above]."

"It's simple. Also, I just love the 'Tweet' at the end. However, it's curious that no URL is required, especially given the difficulty of Twitter search for anything not said in the past day or two."

A deeper look at the [MLA] instructions:

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[via Thomas, Matt. (mattthomas). "This. RT @JenHoward How do you cite a tweet? The MLA is glad you asked. (You did ask, didn't you?) bit.ly/ykLfcQ." 2 March 2012, 2:21pm. Tweet.; @TimHarford and @stevesilberman]

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Much simpler than APA format...then again, APA looks at the web as the web and doesn't separate out services and thus easier to use regardless of the service.


Posted by: clifyt | Mar 4, 2012 8:43:27 AM

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