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MLA Citation Style Guide: Listserv, Blog, or Tweet

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Listserv or Blog Posting

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General Format 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Editor, screen name, author, or compiler Surname page or paragraph number(s))
 
      Works Cited:
      Editor, screen name, author, or compiler. "Title of Post." Name of Blog, List or Group. 
 
            Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site, Day Month Year of
 
            Publication. Medium. Date of Access [Day Month Year]. <URL optional>.
    
Example 
 
     Parenthetical Citation:
      (Tennant)
     
      Works Cited:
      Tennant, Roy. “Kindle 2 Announced; This Writer Yawns.” Tennant: Digital Libraries.
 
            Library Journal, 9 Feb. 2008. Web. 3 Dec. 2010.

A Tweet

(from MLAHandbook.org FAQ)

List the author’s real name and, in parentheses, user name.  If only the user name is known, give it alone.
 
Show the entire text of the tweet with original punctuation in quotation marks, and the date and time of the message.  The medium of publication is "Tweet".
 
General Format 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname or User Name)
 
      Works Cited:
      Author Surname, First Name (User Name). "Entire Tweet." Date and time of
 
         Message. Medium.     
 
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Athar)
     
      Works Cited:
      Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a
 
         rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.