How to cite social media in academic writing

I have often wondered how to do this properly. Now I know!

I am told my blog has been cited in the literature a few times but I have been unable to find any evidence for this as I don’t think there’s any mechanism for tracking citations to blogs. Or is there?

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Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed

Referencing and citation is an important part of any writing. This post looks at some recommendations and consideration when citing social media. Citations have several important purposes:

  • to uphold intellectual honesty (or avoiding plagiarism),
  • to attribute prior or unoriginal work and ideas to the correct sources, to allow the reader to determine independently whether the referenced material supports the author’s argument in the claimed way,
  • and to help the reader gauge the strength and validity of the material the author has used. (Wikipedia)

At Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) the Guide to Referencing offers detailed guidance for producing citations and references according to the Harvard method in the Harvard-SHU style recommended by the library. You may be asked to use another method, or a variation of the Harvard style. If this is the case, you may wish to refer to guidance that matches this style. However the recommendations below…

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3 Responses to “How to cite social media in academic writing”

  1. Anton Garrett Says:

    Detailed advice is superfluous, because your target journal will have its own house style and you simply use that. Referencing is not rocket science and is best learnt by looking at a few examples in your target journal, rather than by ploughing through pages of instructions.

    • telescoper Says:

      Actually these days we mainly used automated formatting gizmos (gizmi?) for references from a database – you just say what journal you want the reference to be formatted for an it does it automatically. The problem is that, as far as I know, there isn’t such a gizmo for blogs etc so you have to do it manually.

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