When referring to social media in your assignment, you’ll need to remember to provide a citation and reference, just like you would for anything that isn’t your own work or idea. Here we’ll explain how to reference Facebook and Twitter, the two most commonly used social networking websites that we’re asked about.

FB-f-Logo__blue_1024-150x150  Facebook

What to include in your reference:

  • Author (surname, initials)
  • (Year site published/updated)
  • ‘Title of page’
  • Title of Internet site
  • Day and month of post
  • Available at: URL


Cranfield University Library (2015) ‘Timeline’, Facebook, 10 August. Available at: https://www.facebook.com/cranfieldlibrary (Accessed 10 August 2015).

Twitter_logo_blue  Twitter

What to include in your reference:

  • Author’s username as written
  • (Year)
  • Write whole post as title
  • [Tweet]
  • Day and month of tweet
  • Available at: URL
  • (Accessed: date)


KNL_MIRC (2015) We think this intellectual property online training from the IPO is really good! A section on STEM too  http://www.ipo.gov.uk/blogs/iptutor/ [Tweet]. 11 June. Available at: https://twitter.com/KNL_MIRC/status/608923933920911360 (Accessed: 10 August 2015)

If there are any other social media sites that you would like to know how to reference then please leave a reply to this post.

Don’t forget to contact us or pop into MIRC if you have any questions about referencing.

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