How to cite a Tweet in Chicago
To cite a tweet in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:
- Author(s) of the tweet (@handle): Give the name and, user handle in parenthesis.
- Text of the tweet: Add the first sentence or the most important words to describe the post.
- Date of posting: Give the month, day and year of publication.
- URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.
Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a tweet in Chicago style 17th edition:
."Text of the tweet." Twitter, Date of posting. URL.
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the Chicago style guidelines in action:
Tweet by an individual user
Gates, Bill (@BillGates). "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." Twitter, May 9, 2019. http://www.twitter.com/BillGates/status/1126525681788014592.
Tweet by a group
Education Week (@educationweek). "See how each state performed on school spending and equity in our latest #QualityCounts installment. edwk.it/2MVKqat." Twitter, June 9, 2019. http://www.twitter.com/educationweek/status/1141370050269646854.