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Citing Sources: Citing Social Media

Citing Social Media

Citing social media can be a bit tricky. 

Use this chart for basic examples or  look at the various other examples on this page developed by librarians at Gould Library at Carleton College. 

  MLA 7th Edition MLA 8th Edition APA
Blog Post Lastname, Firstname. "Title of the Blog Post Entry." Blog Title. Publisher. Day Month Year. Web. Day Month Year accessed. Lastname, Firstname. "Title of the Blog Post Entry." Blog title, Day Month Year, URL. Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year, Month Day). Title of the blog post. [Web Log Post]. Retrieved from http://thewebsite.com
Podcast Lastname, Firstname of author, host or producer. "Title of podcast." Title of program. Day Month Year of  release date. Date of access. Lastname, Firstname. "Title of podcast." Program Title, Day Month Year, Owner/Organization, URL. Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year, Month, Day). Title of podcast. [Podcast]. Retrieved from http://podcastURL
Online Video Creator's Lastname, Firstname (if available). "Video Title." Day Month Year published. Web Page Name. Web. Day Month Year accessed. Creator's Lastname, Firstname (if available). "Video Title." Web Page Name, uploaded by User Name, Day Month Year, URL. Creator's Lastname, Firstinitial. (Year, Month Day). Video title. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/URL
Facebook Post Lastname, Firstname. "Enter facebook post here."  Day Month Year published, time published. Facebook. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>. Lastname, Firstname. "First several words of post..." Facebook, Day Month Year posted (if available), URL. Username. (Year, Month Day). Enter facebook post here. [Facebook update]. Retrieved from http://facebook.com
Email Lastname, Firstname. "Subject of Message." Message to Recipient's Name. Day Month Year of message. Lastname, Firstname. "Subject of Message." Message to Recipient's Name. Day Month Year of message. Email.

In-text citation only:

(personal communication, Month Day, Year)

 

Youtube

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname of creator [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website, Day Month Year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube, 18 Apr 2013, www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28.

MLA 7th ed.

Lastname, Firstname of creator [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." Publishing Website. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube. 18 Apr 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpc028>.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (Year, month day posted). Title of YouTube Video. [Video file]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Root Beer Floats. [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of YouTube Video." YouTube video, length of video, Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." YouTube video, 0:35, April 18, 2013. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ICGujpcO28

SoundCloud

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." Publishing Website, Day month year posted, URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." SoundCloud, 18 Apr 2013, www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats.

MLA 7th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." Publishing Website. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." SoundCloud. 18 Apr 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats>.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (Year, month day posted). Title of audio track. [Audio file]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar. (2013, April 18). Root Beer Floats. [Audio file]. Retrieved from http://www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "Title of audio track." SoundCloud audio, length of audio track, Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root Beer Floats." SoundCloud audio, 2:35, April 18, 2013. http://www.soundcloud.com/oscarthepenguin/root-beer-floats

Facebook

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or username or page name]. "First several words of the Facebook post..." Facebook, Day month year posted, time posted [if available], URL.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook, 18 Apr 2013, facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067.

MLA 7th ed.

Lastname, Firstname. "Enter facebook post here." Facebook. Day Month Year published. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

Penguin, Oscar. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Facebook. 18 Apr 2013. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <www.facebook.com//openguin/posts/10154065808067067>.

APA 6th ed.

Lastname, Firstname. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Facebook post... [Facebook update]. Retrieved from URL

Penguin, Oscar (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week...  [Facebook post]. Retrieved from http://facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname. Facebook post. Month day, year posted. URL

Penguin, Oscar. Facebook post. April 18, 2013. http://facebook.com/openguin/posts/10154065808067067

Twitter

MLA 8th ed.

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter, Day month year posted, time posted, URL.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter, 18 June 2013, 4:39 PM, twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366.

MLA 7th ed.

@Username. "Full text of tweet." Twitter. Day Month Year posted. Time posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

@libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2;30-4:30 this afternoon." Twitter. 18 June 2013. 4:39 PM. Web. 23 June 2013. <twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366>.

APA 6th ed.

@handle. (Year, month day posted). Full text of tweet. [Twitter post]. Retrieved from URL

@libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week, and we'll be handing them out from 2:30-4:30 this afternoon.  [Twitter post]. Retrieved from http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Twitter post. Month day, year (time posted). URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Twitter post. April 18, 2013 (1:28 PM). http://twitter.com/libechillbro/status/2651151366

Instagram

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day month year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013, instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/.

MLA 7th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. "First several words of Instagram post (if any)."  Instagram. Day Month Year posted. Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." 18 Apr 2013. Instagram. 23 Apr 2013. <instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/>.

APA 6th ed.

handle. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Instagram post (if any)... [Instagram post]. Retrieved from URL

libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week… [Instagram post]. Retrieved from https://instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Instagram post. Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Instagram post. April 18, 2013. https://instagram.com/p/5pjGjvjTH6/

Tumblr

MLA 8th ed.

Username. "First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)..." Title of Tumblr blog, Day month year posted, time posted (if available), URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Oscr, 18 Apr 2013, 1:28 PM, libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week

MLA 7th ed.

Username. "First several words of Tumblr post (if any)." Title of Tumblr blog. Day Month Year posted. Time posted (if available). Web. Day Month Year accessed. <URL>.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week..." Oscr. 18 Apr 2013. 1:28 PM. Web. 23 Apr 2013. <libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week>.

APA 6th ed.

Title of Tumblr blog. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Tumblr post (if any, otherwise omit)… [Tumblr post]. Retrieved from URL

Oscr. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week… [Tumblr post]. Retrieved from http://libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week

Chicago 16th ed.

Username. Tumblr post. Month day, year posted (time posted, if available). URL.

libechillbro. Tumblr post. April 18, 2013 (1:28 PM). http://libechillbro.tumblr.com/post/125058827619/root-beer-floats-are-in-honor-of-national-library-week