Social media, webpages, and websites are called online media by the APA. Use this page to learn how to cite sources retrieved from Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Online forums (e.g., Reddit), TikTok, and Twitter.
You can see how to reference a website, a webpage on a website, clinical practice references for nurses, or open educational (OER) resources by consulting pp. 348-352 in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.
Here are a few reference citation examples:
Webpage on a website
Black Lives Matter. (n.d.). Cornavirus prevention. https://blacklivesmatter.com/
Jon [@ArtMeasures]. (2018, Juli 10). CHEF: Someone needs to prepare the chicken. ME: I'll do it *sits chicken down* look dude, this isn't gonna be [Tweet]. Twitter. https://www.best-of-twitter.com/someone-needs-to-prepare-the-chicken/
Boster, D, Hurford, C., Nardone, J., & Pugno, B. (2019). In The American Yawp. Vol. 1. A derivative of The American Yawp published by Stanford University Press. Columbus State Community College. Retrieved May 4, 2020, from https://bit.ly/cscc-amer-yawp-vol1
Note: In this open educational resource (OER), there are no page numbers, so the in-text citations direct the reader to the chapter and the paragraphs in the chapter which refer to "The Dutch."
Open educational resources references follow the same format as webpages and are covered in Section 10.16, pp. 350-352 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed.
The APA templates below, give you the order and formatting for each of the four parts of a reference citation (author, date, title, and source) for the various types of online media.
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