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This is How to Cite Tweets in Academic Papers

On of the skills I included in my ebook " The 21st Century Teaching and Learning Skills for Teachers and students" was citing resources. This is a an important skill that students need to learn especially those who are on the verge of joining a college or university.

 Academically speaking,  properly citing resources you include in your paper is a must for every researcher. Plagiarism is just a step away  and when you do not cite your resources then you become more or less a plagiariser. This will definately affect  the credibility of your work and of you as a person in the eyes of others. Anyway, today I am sharing with you a great piece of news I came across in Edudemic. The MLA (  Modern Language Association ) has just released its guidelines for citing tweets in academic papers. Here is how to do it :


MLA has also provided an example of the famous tweet that acknowledged the attack on Bin Laden's compound:

"Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet"

And because it is hard to decide what time a tweet has happened given the different time zones, here is what MLA has said about this:

"The date and time of a message on Twitter reflect the reader’s time zone. Readers in different time zones see different times and, possibly, dates on the same tweet. The date and time that were in effect for the writer of the tweet when it was transmitted are normally not known. Thus, the date and time displayed on Twitter are only approximate guides to the timing of a tweet. However, they allow a researcher to precisely compare the timing of tweets as long as the tweets are all read in a single time zone."

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