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How Do I cite a Tweet in MLA Format?

Works Cited:

Author First Name, Last Name (Author Username). “Entire text of tweet.” Date and time of the message. Medium.

  • If the author is unknown, just use the username.
  • Tweet’s text: provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, do not modify the text or capitalization.

Example:

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

In Text Citation:

In your paper, a tweet is cited in its entirely. Example:

Sohaib Athar noted that the presence of a helicopter at that hour was “a rare event.”

or

The presence of a helicopter at that hour was “a rare event” (Athar).

Source: MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th Edition

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