Monday, January 4, 2010

Using Tweets in Scholarly Research

In the future, I plan to use twitter in my research endeavors. Since most journals are requiring authors to use the American Psychological Association 6th edition, I had to research the new guidelines for electronic resources.

The Buzz, a School Library Journal, highlights several guidelines for citing Twitter and Facebook in scholarly articles. The Buzz features a quote from Chelsea Lee (, a senior manuscript editor of APA Journals. Lee states, "We don't know if these status update pages will still be here in a year, or 5, or 20 years. So if you are writing for publication, it may be prudent to self-archive any social media updates you include in your articles."

Remember that users' accounts can be locked or deleted and all of their tweets will be inaccessible. So, if you plan to use twitter, please save the tweets in PDF format.

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