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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 9th Edition): Social Media

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Social Media

When referencing a general social media account, an in text citation can be provided in parenthesis. Documentation in the works-cited list is not necessary. For example: 

Prospective students seeking information about the University of Nevada, Reno can visit the University's official Twitter account (@UNevadaReno).

When specific authored content is being referenced, the source should be included in the works-cited list. Formatting guidelines for blog posts, Facebook, Podcasts, and Twitter are provided below.



Host's Last Name, First Name. "Title of Podcast Episode." Title of Overall Podcast, Episode Number if Given, Web Site Hosting If Different From Podcast Title, Day Month Year of Episode, URL of episode. Accessed Day Month Year podcast was downloaded/played.


Orton, Tyler, and Patrick Blennerhassett. "Lessons From the Brexit." BIV Podcast, Episode 18, Business Vancouver, 28 June 2016, Accessed 2 July 2016

Blog Post


Author's Last Name, First Name or Username if real name not provided. "Title of Blog Post." Name of Blog, Blog Network/Publisher if given, Day Month Year of blog post, URL of blog post.


Naish, Darren. "If Bigfoot Were Real." Tetrapod Zoology, Scientific American Blogs, 27 June 2016,



Author Last Name, First Name or Account Name. Description of Post. Facebook, Day Month Year of Post, Time of Post, URL. Accessed Day Month Year post was viewed.


Rick Mercer Report. Spread the Net Challenge Winners 2016. Facebook, 23 Mar. 2016, 9:00 a.m., Accessed 26 June 2016. 

 Note: Facebook posts can be lengthy. Describe the post instead of reposting the complete content. To find the time of a Facebook post, hover mouse next to the date of the post over the clock icon. It may not be possible to link directly to the specific post itself.



Twitter Handle (First Name Last Name if Known). "The entire tweet word-for-word." Twitter, Day Month Year of Tweet, Time of Tweet, URL.


Sohaib Athar [@ReallyVirtual]. "Helicopter hovering above Abbottad at 1AM is a rare event." Twitter,  4 Jan. 2013, 3:58 p.m.

 Note: Write out the actual Tweet in the citation. Keep spelling and grammar the same as in the original, even if there are errors. When quoting the Tweet, write [sic] in square brackets to indicate the spelling or grammatical errors are not your own. For example, if the Tweet is "It isn't you're fault the media is violent", write: "It isn't you're [sic] fault the media is violent."