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UGS 302: Fan Mail, Haters, and the Literary / Clement

Citing Social Media

Citing Twitter

MLA 7th or 8th ed.

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter, Day month year posted, time posted, URL.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, 18 June 2016, 4:39 PM, twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366.

APA 6th ed.

@handle. (Year, month day posted). Full text of tweet. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from URL

@libechillbro. (2016, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon.  [Twitter post]. Retrieved from http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366

Chicago 17th ed.

Lastname, Firstname (@username). Year. "Full text of the tweet." Twitter, Month day, year, time posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar (@libechillbro). 2016. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, April 18, 2016, 1:28 p.m. http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366.

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Examples taken from Carleton College Libguide here.

Wondering how to cite a thread, a tweet with no text or a long tweet? See more guidance from MLA here

Citing Comments (on blog post, video, Reddit, etc)

MLA 7th or 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. [Brief description of the comment without quotation marks] Title of site, day month year of publication, time of publication if known, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Comment on the post "Root beer floats are delicious." The Root Beer Float Blog, 14 April 2013, 1:34 PM, www.rootbeerfloats.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/whats-your-take/#comment-1339

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username] (Year, month day posted). Title of comment [if given]. [Comment posted to Title of original post, video, or other item]. Title of blog [if available]. Retrieved day month, year, from comment-specific-URL [if available, URL of original post, video, or other item].

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Re: Root beer floats are delicious! [Comment posted to What's Your Take on Root Beer Floats?]. The Root Beer Float Blog. Retrieved August 10, 2014 from htttp://www.rootbeerfloats.wordpress.com/2015/08/14/whats-your-take/#comment-1339

Chicago 17th ed.

Chicago recommends that comments only be cited in the text in reference to the original, related post. This means you would create a bibliographic entry for the original post, not for the comment.

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Examples taken from Carleton College Libguide here.

Citing Videos (YouTube or Other Platforms)

MLA 7th or 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website, Day month year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, 18 Apr 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28.

For more detail, see the MLA guide for videos on websites.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (Year, month day posted). Title of YouTube Video. [Video file]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Root Beer Floats. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28

Chicago 17th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." YouTube, Month day, year posted. Video, length of video. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, April 18, 2013. Video, 0:35. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28.

Examples taken from Carleton College Libguide here.

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