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APA Citation Style, 7th edition: Facebook

Helpful Tip!

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If the author of the post attached an image or video, indicate that by including a description of the media, like [Attached image] or [Embedded YouTube video].

Use (n.d.) for "no date" in place of a specific date if you're citing a full page rather than an individual Facebook post. Be sure to include the retrieval date in these instances, as a Facebook page's content is expected to change frequently.

Facebook Posts

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Post Author Surname, Year)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Post Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Post Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. or Name of Group. (Year, Month Date). Content of the post up to the first 20 words [Attached media, if applicable] [Type of post]. Site Name. URL

Example

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(U.S. Department of the Interior, 2020)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(U.S. Department of the Interior, 2020)

References:

U.S. Department of the Interior. (2020, January 10). Like frosting on a cake, snow coats and clings to the hoodoos at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/USInterior/photos/a.155163054537384/2586475451406120/?type=3&theater

Facebook Page

General Format

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Post Author Surname, Year)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Post Author Surname, Year, page number)

References:

Post Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. or Name of Group. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Site name. Retrieved Month Date, Year, from URL

Example

In-Text Citation (Paraphrase):

(Little River Canyon National Preserve, n.d.)

In-Text Citation (Quotation):

(Little River Canyon National Preserve, n.d.)

References:

Little River Canyon National Preserve (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved February 12, 2020 from https://www.facebook.com/lirinps/