Citing a Tweet

By Deane Barker on March 8, 2012

How do I cite a tweet?:  MLA has published a standard for citing a tweet in academic papers:

Begin the entry in the works-cited list with the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name, if both are known and they differ. If only the user name is known, give it alone.

Next provide the entire text of the tweet in quotation marks, without changing the capitalization. Conclude the entry with the date and time of the message and the medium of publication (Tweet)

You may think is trivial, but they give this example, which you might recognize and is not trivial at all.

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