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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 7th Edition): Social Media

Formatting

Note: For your Works Cited list, all citations should be double spaced and have a hanging indent.

A "hanging indent" means that each subsequent line after the first line of your citation should be indented by 0.5 inches.

Tips

Author

The author in this case will be the main creator(s) for the item you are citing. If a real name is listed, include it before the username. If only the username is available, list it as the author's name.

Creator information may often be found under a section called "About" for some types of social media, however this is not always standard.

Date

The format of all dates is: Date Month (shortened) Year. E.g. 5 Sept. 2012.

If no date is listed, write n.d.

Publisher

If no publisher is listed, write n.p.

Blog Post

Author's Last Name, First Name or Username if real name not provided. "Title of Blog Post." Name of Blog, Date of Post. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Cox, Sarah. "Losing Weight and Motivation." My Version of Healthy Living, 26 Sept. 2011. Web. 3 Mar. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Cox)

Note: Blog posts have no page numbers, paragraph numbers or section headings so this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Podcast

Host's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Podcast Episode." Title of Overall Podcast. Publisher: Date of Publication. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Black, Michael Ian, and Tom Cavanagh. "Episode 30: Starburst." Mike and Tom Eat Snacks. Nerdist Industries: 15 Aug. 2011. Podcast. 7 Mar. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

(Host's Last Name)

(Black and Cavanagh)

Note: Because podcasts do not have page numbers this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Streaming Video From a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc.) - Poster's Real Name Known

Last Name, First Name of person who posted the video. "Title of Video." Title of the Overall Website. Publisher: Date of Publication. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Krueger, Brian. "Resume Tips - How to Structure Your Resume." YouTube. CollegeGrad.com: 19 Oct. 2006. Online video. 7 Feb. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

(Last Name of person who posted the video)

(Krueger)

Note: Because videos typically do not have page numbers, paragraph numbers or section headings, this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Streaming Video From a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc.) - Poster's Real Name Unknown

Username of person who posted the video. "Title of Video." Title of the Overall Website. Publisher: Date of Publication. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

InterviewMastermind. "How to Write Resumes - Tips for Using Categories." YouTube. N.p.: N.d. Online video. 7 Mar. 2013.

Note: If no publisher is listed, write the initials n.p. If no date is given, write the initials n.d.

In-Text Citation Example

(Username of person who posted the video)

(InterviewMastermind)

Note: Because videos typically do not have page numbers, paragraph numbers or section headings,this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Streaming Video From a Library Database (Films on Demand, SeneMA, etc.)

Creator's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Video." Publisher: Date of Publication. Title of Library Database. Format. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

CNBC. "McDonalds: Decentralization of Business Model." Films Media Group: 2008. Films on Demand. Online video. 3 Jan. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

(Creator's Last Name)

(CNBC)

Note: Because videos typically do not have page numbers this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Twitter (Tweets)

Author Real Last Name, First Name (Twitter user name). "The entire tweet word-for-word." Date of Tweet, Time of Tweet. Format.

Works Cited List Example

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). "Helicopter hovering above Abbottad at 1AM is a rare event." 4 Jan. 2013, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.

Note: Write out the actual Tweet in the citation and keep spelling and grammar the same as in the original, even if there are errors.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Athar)

Note: When quoting the Tweet, beside grammatical and spelling errors in the original Tweet, write [sic] in square brackets to indicate the errors are not your own. E.g., if the Tweet was "It isn't you're fault the media is violent", write: "It isn't you're [sic] fault the media is violent."

Wikipedia

"Title of Entry." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. Date last modified. Web. Access date.

Note: The date the article was last modified appears at the bottom of each Wikipedia article.

Wikipedia may not be considered an acceptable source for a college or university assignment. Be sure to evaluate the content carefully and check your assignment.

Works Cited List Example

"Body Image." Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 7 July 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2013.

In-Text Citation Example

("Title of Entry")

("Body Image")

Note: If a dictionary or encyclopedia entry has no author, the in-text citation should include the title of the entry. The title of the entry should be in quotation marks, with each word starting with a capital letter.

Facebook

Author Last Name, First Name. "Text of post." Date of Post, Time of Post. Facebook. Web. Access date.

Works Cited List Example

Morrison, Toni. "Nobel laureate Morrison on race in contemporary America" 7 Oct. 2012, 9:23 a.m. Facebook. Web. 1 Aug. 2013.

Note: Write out the actual post in the citation and keep spelling and grammar the same as in the original, even if there are errors.

In-Text Citation Example

(Author's Last Name)

(Morrison)

Note: When quoting the Facebook post, beside grammatical and spelling errors in the original post, write [sic] in square brackets to indicate the errors are not your own. E.g., if the post was "It isn't you're fault the media is violent", write: "It isn't you're [sic] fault the media is violent."

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