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APA 7th Edition Guide: Social Media

Compiled by Dr. Alicia Palmer, Ed.D, M.A., M.Sc., B.Ed., Grad Cert Tech. from resources within the LibGuide Community and APA

Social Media Examples


Facebook Page

Facebook Profile. (n.d.). Use the page title. [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved date,

          from http://xxxxx


Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. (n.d.). 

       Home ​[Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved July 22, 2019,


Parenthetical citation: (Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute, n.d.)  

Facebook Post

Facebook Profile. (Year, Month Day). Content of the post up to the first 20 words.

           [Status update or Infographic]. Site Name. http://xxxxx


National Institute of Mental Health. (2018, November 28). Suicide affects all ages,

       genders, races, and ethnicities. Check out these 5 Action Steps

        for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain [Infographic].


Parenthetical citation: (National Institute of Mental Health, 2018)  

Instagram Photo or Video

Author, A. A. [username]. (Year, Month Day). Caption of photo or video.

      [Photograph or Video]. Site name. Retrieved date,

      from http://xxxxx


Zeitz MOCAA [@zeitzmocaa]. (2018, November 26). Grade 6 learners from Parkfields 

         Primary School in Hanover Park visited the museum for a tour and workshop

         hosted by [Photographs]. Instagram

Parenthetical citation: (Zeitz MOCAA, 2018)  


Author, A. A. [@username]. (Year, Month Day). Content of the post up to the

       first 20 words [Tweet]. Site Name. http://xxxxx


White, B. [@BettyMWhite]. (2018, June 21). I treasure every minute we spent

       together #koko [Image attached] [Tweet]. Twitter.

Parenthetical citation: (White, 2018)  

Twitter Profile

Author, A. A. [username]. Tweets [Twitter profile]. Site Name. Retrieved date,

       from http://xxxxx


APA Style [@APA_Style]. Tweets [Twitter profile]. Twitter. Retrieved

        November 1, 2019, from

Parenthetical citation: (APA, 2019)  

​YouTube Video

Author, A. A. [username]. (Year, Month Day). Title of video [Video].     

        Site name. http://xxxxx


Fogarty, M [Grammar Girl.] (2016, September 30). How to diagram a sentence

       (absolute basics) [Video].YouTube.

Parenthetical citation: (Fogarty, 2016)