January 19, 2022

Report: “TikTok Hits the Big Time: The MLA Handbook Has Decided How to Cite it in Academic Works”

From Fast Company:

You’re writing a detailed exposition of the psychosocial impact of the TikTok Milk Crate Challenge, as compared to the all-encompassing ethos of communication methods in chivalric era Waddinxveen, and you need to cite examples.

The Modern Language Association has got you covered.

The iconic MLA Handbook has added an entry for TikTok, so Noam Chomsky 2.0s, who need to cite videos from the social media powerhouse, can now do it properly.

The template aligns with the basic order of elements that MLA devotees use for other types of media: author (usually the account name), followed by title of the source element or a description of the material, platform name (in this case, TikTok), date of the post, and the URL.


The move to resolve the TikTok Citation Challenge demonstrates how the hot platform has reached a tipping point in scholarship, according to Jennifer Grygiel, associate professor of communications at Syracuse University.

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See Also: Citing Material Posted on Social Media Platforms (via MLA Handbook Website

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