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Referencing with APA: Twitter

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APA Publication Manual

A tutorial on APA style is available on the web.

APA 6 manual



To be made up of:

  • Author (surname followed by initials) and [given social media name in square brackets].
  • Year, month, day (in round brackets).
  • Tweet as it appears with the hastags and links followed by.
  • [Tweet].
  • Retrieved from URL.

In-text citation:

Polio is 99% eradicated (Gates, 2013) ...

Sleeping brains behave as if it's remembering (Stanford Medicine, 2012).

Reference list:

Gates, B. [BillGates]. (2013, February 26). #Polio is 99% eradicated. Join me & @FCBarcelona as we work to finish the job and #EndPolio. VIDEO: [Tweet]. Retrieved from

Stanford Medicine [SUMedicine]. (2012, October 9). Animal study shows sleeping brain behaves as if it's remembering: #sleep #neuroscience #research [Tweet]. Retrieved from


APA Publication Manual

A tutorial on APA style is available at

APA 6 manual

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