Posted by: ushistoryfiles | March 11, 2012

Twitter, Facebook – Citations – Library Research Guides at Boise State University

Twitter, Facebook – Citations – Library Research Guides at Boise State University.

So now you can cite those Tweets and Facebook entires (in APA and MLA).  Who would have thought?

 

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  1. Interesting how far we’ve come in the information age and where we are getting some of our information. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Yep. At first I was doubtful of the need to cite facebook & twitter, but with government (federal, state, & local), campaigns, newspapers, corporations and other entities using social media I do see the need. Though, as a historian, I wonder when the Chicago Manual of Style (Turabian) will tell us how to cite these sources. I haven’t found that format yet.

      • This was in the Chicago Manual Style’s Q&A about Twitter. Haven’t seen Facebook though I suppose it would be around the same concept:

        Q. How do I cite a Twitter feed in a footnote? Do I cite the website with the whole feed or mention the date of the particular tweet I’m interested in? Do I list the author’s real name or just his Twitter handle? Thank you!

        A. In the text, you can incorporate the facts into a sentence: In a Twitter post on September 14, 2011, Garrett Kiely (@gkiely) wrote, “Using Google, Authors Guild takes 2 mins to connect an author with an ‘orphaned work’: bit.ly/nqyjOo.” And here’s a possible note form:

        32. Garrett Kiely, Twitter post, September 14, 2011, 8:50 a.m., http://twitter.com/gkiely.

        http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/CMS_FAQ/Documentation/Documentation14.html

        Hope that helps. Thanks again for bringing that to light!


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