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?



  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’:” And here’s a possible note form:

        32. Garrett Kiely, Twitter post, September 14, 2011, 8:50 a.m.,

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

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