Answered By: Mary Ann Naumann
Last Updated: Apr 07, 2015     Views: 31

Each of the following Citation Styles have attempted to provide guidance.

APA Citation Style (examples for citing different types of social media)

Tweet by an Individual Author

Gates, B. [BillGates]. (2013, February 26). #Polio is 99% eradicated. Join me & @FCBarcelona as we work to finish the job and #EndPolio. VIDEO: [Tweet]. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Gates, 2013).

Tweet by a Group Author

Stanford Medicine [SUMedicine]. (2012, October 9). Animal study shows sleeping brain behaves as if it's remembering: #sleep #neuroscience #research [Tweet]. Retrieved from

In-text citation: (Stanford Medicine, 2012).

MLA Citation Style (with detailed discussion)

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

The Chicago Manual of Style

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.,