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MLA Style Guide

Referencing Emails, Tweets and Personal Interviews


Note: If the author's screen name is unfamiliar or does not easily identify the author, you may include the authors full name in parenthesis if it is know. Example:  

@aplusk (Ashton Kutcher)

Note: Ignore the @ symbol on Twitter handles when alphabetizing your works cited list. Order these entries by the first letter of the handle.


When referring to personal interviews, treat the person being interviewed as the author.

In-text citations must correspond to the first entry in the works cited entry. If there is no page, paragraph or other identifying number, give the author's name only.

See examples below:

In-text Citation Guidelines






Consider this a paraphrased sentence (Smith).                        




It has been stated that, "consider this a direct quote" (@realDonaldTrump).


Personal Interview


According to Ternes, consider this a paraphrased sentence (3).

Remember, in-text citation formatting changes depending on a number of factors.