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Writing and Citing: APA 7th Edition: Social Media

A guide to help users create citations using American Psychological Association Style, 6th edition.

Social Media

Facebook post:

Author Last Name, First Initial or Account Name. (Date).  Post title: Subtitle if present [Type of post]. Facebook. URL

Example: 

State College of Florida Libraries. (2021, September 29). Banned Books Week censorship numbers [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. www.facebook.com/SCFlibraries/posts/10159242069929627

 

Facebook page:

Author Last Name, First Initial or Account Name. (n.d.). Page title [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved date, from URL

Example:

State College of Florida Libraries. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved November 9, 2021, from https://www.facebook.com/SCFlibraries

*Note: if you do not know the date the page was created, use n.d. for date

*Note: use retrieval date as content is bound to change.

 

Twitter:

Post Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. or Name of Group [@username]. (Year, Month Date). Content of the post up to the first 20 words[Tweet or Instagram Post]. Site Name. URL

Example:

National Geographic [@NatGeo]. (2020, January 12). Scientists knew African grays are clever, but now they’ve been documented assisting other members of their species—even strangers [Tweet; thumbnail link to article]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/NatGeo/status/1216346352063537154

*Note: To cite a Tweet from the App, click on three dots in the top right of the Tweet, click on Copy Link to Tweet, and paste into citation (or notes or email, then into citation). 

Facebook post:

Narrative: State College of Florida (2021)...

Parenthetical ...(State College of Florida, 2021).

Facebook page:

Narrative: State College of Florida (n.d.)...

Parenthetical ...(State College of Florida, n.d.).

 

Twitter:

Narrative:  According to a tweet from National Geographic (2020), ...

Parenthetical: (National Geographic, 2020)