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APA (7th Edition) Style Guide: Social Media

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Social Media Standard Format

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]. 




(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.


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

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

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? … [Tweet with link attached].  Twitter.

Instagram photo with author and username

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

Instagram highlight

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

Instagram. Retrieved March 16, 2020, from

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.

Twitter Profile

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

2020, from

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.

Facebook Page

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