APA Examples - Internet sources - Social media

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In-text

Standard in-text citation examples are in Getting started - In-text citation.

Reference List

Twitter and Instagram

Template

Author, A. A. [@username]. (Year, Month DD). Content of the post up to the first 20 words [Description of any audiovisuals] [Tweet/Instagram post]. Site Name. http:xxxxxx

Example

Obama, B. [@BarackObama]. (2012, November 7). Four more years [Image attached] [Tweet]. Twitter. https://twitter.com/BarackObama/status/266031293945503744

Facebook and others

Template

Author, A. A. (Year, Month DD). Content of the post up to the first 20 words [Description of any audiovisuals] [Description of post]. Site Name. http:xxxxxx

Example

Gaiman, N. (2012, February 29). Please celebrate Leap Year Day in the traditional manner by taking a writer out for dinner. [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/neilgaiman/posts/10150574185041016

Notes

Cite only original content from social media sites. If you used social media to discover content from other sources, cite the original source.

If you are quoting or paraphrasing a particular section of a post but it will not be accessible to the public because of privacy settings, then treat it as a Personal communication.

If the item contains no words, provide a description of the item in square brackets.

Do not alter the spelling and capitalization in social media references.

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