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How do I cite a tweet?

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The following is adapted from https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/08/

 

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name (Last Name, First Name) and, in parentheses, Twitter username, if both are known and they differ. If only the username is known, give it alone.

 

Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization.

 

Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet).  (Times reflect the timezone of the reader.)  Separate the time and date with a comma and end with a period.  Include the word Tweet afterwards and end with a period.

 

For example:

 

Brokaw, Tom (tombrokaw). "SC demonstrated why all the debates are the engines of this campaign." 22 Jan. 2012, 3:06 a.m. Tweet.

In the main text of the paper, a tweet is cited in its entirety:

 

Tom Brokaw noted that “SC demonstrated why all the debates are the engines of this campaign.”

 

or

 

“SC demonstrated why all the debates are the engines of this campaign (Brokaw).