Friday, January 1, 2010

How to Cite Facebook and Twitter?

Well, I guess we would have to deal with this sooner or later.

The style guide of the American Psychological Association (APA) has an article about how to cite Twitter and Facebook posts in scholarly (and student) papers!

I thought it was bad enough that I had to monitor students using Wikipedia in their footnotes, but now it looks like I may have to add yet another line to my course syllabi. Something like this: "Facebook and Twitter will not be accepted as credible secondary sources in this history course."

When the Chicago Manual of Style includes a section on citing social networking sites I may take this more seriously.

Thanks to Janet Vogel, librarian extraordinaire, for indirectly bringing this to my attention through, of all things, a Facebook post.