Tweets are fair game for citing in academic papers.
To make sure you properly cite a tweet in an Modern Language Association (MLA) paper, and find out why you’d even want to, check out the infographic below from information literacy platform Easy Bib.
In addition, the MLA indicates the following details on tweet citations:
- Include both the the username and real name of the sender, unless the real name is unknown
- Do not change the capitalization of the tweet
- Although the date and time are only approximate measures of when a tweet was sent (as they reflect the reader’s time zone, not the sender’s), they are necessary in allowing researchers to compare the timing of tweets
Also check out Tweet2Cite, a simple citation creator that will crank out a perfectly structured citation in either MLA or APA format.