How to cite a Tweet in MLA

MLA tweet citation

To cite a tweet in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Twitter handle: Give online screen names as presented in the source (e.g. @michelleobama).
  2. Tweet's entire text: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Date, time of posting: Give the day, month and year of publication. All months, excluding June and July, are abbreviated as three letters (e.g. 9 Aug. 2019.)
  4. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a tweet in MLA style 8th edition:

Twitter handle. "Tweet's entire text." Twitter, Date, time of posting, URL.

Take a look at our workd cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:

Examples

Tweet by an individual user

@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, 9 May 2019, 6:33 pm, twitter.com/BillGates/status/1126525681788014592.

Tweet by a group

@educationweek. See how each state performed on school spending and equity in our latest #QualityCounts installment. edwk.it/2MVKqat. Twitter, 9 June 2019, 9:33 AM, twitter.com/educationweek/status/1141370050269646854.

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