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APA Citation 7th Ed: Social Media

An olds College guide to APA Citation Style, 7th Edition.

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Social Media Standard Format

Periodical/Articles
Where
Who When What Publisher Info DOI or URL

Author, A. A. [@username].

Name of Group [@username].

Author, A. A.

Name of Group.

Name of Group [username]. 

Username.

 

(n.d.).

(year, Month date).

Content of the post up to the first 20 words.

Content of the post up to the first 20 words [Description of audiovisuals].

[Description of audiovisuals].

Site Name.

https://xxxx...

Retrieved Month day, year, from https://xxxx...

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).

https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000

Social Media Formatting Rules

If you quote or paraphrase social media content that cannot be accessed by your audience (due to privacy settings/restricted access), cite the content as personal communication.

Social Media Examples

Tweet with author and username

APA Style [@APA_Style].  (2018, October 2).  #APAStyle covers more than references and

citations. Have you seen our blog posts about principles of good writing? http://blog.apastyle.org/apastyle/principles-of-good-writing/ … [Tweet with link attached].  Twitter. https://twitter.com/APA_Style/status/1047143280075509761

Instagram photo with author and username

Olds College [@oldscollege].  (2019, February 20). Shop our Greenhouse! Visit

greenhouse.oldscollege.ca to place your order, then pick up on Friday. Produce, indoor plants, bulb pans, salsas & soups, and more! Your purchases support our greenhouses & the programs that use them. Thank you![Photograph] Instagram.  https://www.instagram.com/p/BuH0pbNAC2R/

Instagram highlight

The Conscious Kid [@theconsciouskid].  (n.d.).  Rethinking Dr. Seuss [Highlight].  

Instagram. Retrieved March 16, 2020, from http://bit.ly/2wXO1NN

Twitter Moment

Aliyah [@steeleio_].  (2019, February 19).  My roommate’s cat is always breaking out of her

bathroom. I set up this hidden camera to find out how...and y’all....i-  [Twitter moment].  Twitter.  https://twitter.com/i/moments/1098926026502127616

Twitter Profile

Carol Folt [@PresidentFolt]. (n.d.).  Tweets [Twitter profile].  Twitter.  Retrieved March 16,

2020, from https://twitter.com/PresidentFolt

Facebook Post

World Health Organization (WHO).  (2020, March 14).  Thank you Natália Loewe Becker, our

Goodwill Ambassador, for joining the #SafeHands challenge and helping us beat the coronavirus! [Video].  Facebook.  http://bit.ly/2Uadlrz

Facebook Page

The Conscious Kid. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page].  Facebook.  Retrieved March 16, 2020,

from https://www.facebook.com/theconsciouskid/