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Citing electronic documents: Blogs and social media

Social media

At present, social media is full of information. Some of that information can be used as source data in various tasks. Therefore, citing social media documents is more common than before.

Citing blogs and other social media publications

Blog

In-text citation

Bradley (2008) explained...

Reference list

BRADLEY, P., 2008. Word of the day is 'exaflood'. In: Phil Bradley's weblog. 29 April 2008 [viewed 9 May 2008]. Available: http://philbradley.typepad.com/phil_bradleys_weblog/.  

 

Facebook

In-text citation

(Talikka, 2017)

Reference list

Talikka, M 2017, Facebook update 2017-08-25. [Cited 2018-03-19]. Available: https://www.facebook.com/groups/495046854001106/  

 

More information about citing social media documents for example in the following site:

http://guides.lib.monash.edu/c.php?g=219786&p=1454233

 

Where do I find blogs and other social media material?

Internet search engines return information about social media publications when a search is performed. Videos are also found e.g. via YouTube, tweets in Twitter, Facebook updates by using the Facebook search. It is important to remember source criticism and copyright issues when that kind of information is used.