How to cite a Tweet in APA
To cite a tweet in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:
- Author of the tweet: Give the last name and initials of the author (e.g. Gates, B.) or if not an individual the full name (e.g. TAMU Writing Center).
- Twitter screen name: Provide the Twitter screen name in square brackets (e.g. [@BillGates] or [@tamuwc]).
- Date the tweet was sent: Give the year, month, and day the tweet was sent.
- Content of the tweet: Do not italicize. If the tweet does not contain words, give a short description in square brackets.
- URL: Give the full URL that leads directly to the tweet.
Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a tweet in APA style 6th edition:
.[Twitter screen name] (Date the tweet was sent). Content of the tweet [Tweet]. Retrieved from URL
APA reference list examples
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for a tweet citation in action:
Tweet by an individual author
Gates, B. [@BillGates] (2019, May 9). 2018 National Teacher of the Year @MandyRheaWrites told me about the remarkable resilience of her students. I was inspired by their stories and Mandy’s ability to connect with them: b-gat.es/2WxKkX1 #ThankATeacher [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/BillGates/status/1126525681788014592
Tweet by a group author
Education Week [@educationweek] (2019, June 9). See how each state performed on school spending and equity in our latest #QualityCounts installment. edwk.it/2MVKqat [Tweet]. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/educationweek/status/1141370050269646854
This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).