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MLA Style Guide: Social media

This guide covers how in-text citations and references should be formatted in the MLA Style, 9th Edition.

Blog

Reference: Author's Last name, First name/Screen name (if available). “Posting Title.” Website/Blog Title, Day Month Year of Publication, Location/Link.

Example: Lonergan, Patrick. “New Book on Irish Performance.” Scenes from the Bigger Picture, 13 Feb. 2013, patricklonergan.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/new-book-on-irish-performance/.

In-Text-Citation:

  • (Author Last name)

Example:

  • According to another source (Lonergan)....

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Twitter

Reference: Screen name [Twitter handle]."Entire text of tweet." Twitter, Day Month Year, Location/link.

Example: Sarah Comyn [@comyn_scomyn]. “I know revisions make for better writing, but sometimes they can be so demoralizing.” Twitter, 7 Sept. 2021, https://twitter.com/comyn_scomyn/status/1435193490741338121?s=20.

In-Text-Citation:

  • (Author Last name or Screen name)

Example:

  • In a recent tweet, Sarah Comyn bemoans the need to revise in the writing process.
  • The step of revision in the writing process can be a challenge even to experienced writers (Comyn).

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Facebook

Reference: Poster Last Name, First Name (or Screen name). "Title of Post." Facebook, Day Month Year Posted, Location/Link.

Example: UCD Students' Union. "We support the call tonight to #Take200 vulnerable young people . . . ." Facebook, 3 Nov. 2016, www.facebook.com/plugins/2F10153784831161910.

In-Text-Citation:

(Poster Last Name or Screen name)

Example: 

Students lobby to help children stranded in the infamous Zoo camp at Calais (UCD Students' Union).

Note: For tweets, use full tweet if less than a line, i.e. short. For tweets longer than one line, use the first few words and then an ellipsis ( . . . ) at the end, followed by a full-stop.

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