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APA 7th Edition: Social Media

This guide will help you simplify the APA citation style, which is primarily used by disciplines in the business, social sciences, health, and education fields. The official guide is published by the American Psychological Association.

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, from

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]. Facebook.

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)