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APA Style Guide 7th Edition

General Guidelines for Social Media 

Author Last name, First Initials. [@username]. (Year). Title of post up to first 20 words. Site name. web address

Examples -- Posts 

Farhadi, B. [@BBFarhadi]. (2020, June 15). I hate the phrase classroom management. The work is not
         managing; it's fostering communities of care and mutual accountability. Twitter.

Tweet with Outside Link, Image, or Video 
Brainspring [@BrainspringOG]. (2020, May 13). The three great spelling rules are difficult for many students,
          often requiring additional practice sessions to truly master.
[Link to outside source attached] [Image
          attached] [Tweet]. Twitter.
Brainspring OG/status/1260555417660334082

​Instagram Photo or Video 

Psychology Today [@psych_today]. (2020, May 26). Mental health care is even more vital these days as
         people are cut off from usual sources of stress relief. 
[Link to outside source attached]. [Photograph].

Facebook or Other Social Media Post 

Psychology Today (2020, June 22). Mental health problems become more common in midlife, and there may
          be some clear biological and psychological reasons why.
 [Image attached] [Link to outside source
          attached]. Facebook.

Examples -- Profiles and Homepages 

Twitter Profile 
Zero to Three [@ZEROTOTHREE]. (n.d.). Tweets [Twitter profile]. Twitter. Retrieved May 26, 2020, from

Note: Twitter profiles can change often which is why a retrieval date is included. 

Facebook Home Page or Other Social Media Home Page 

Child Development Institute. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved May 26, 2020, from

Note: Social Media home pages can change often which is why a retrieval date is included. 

Instagram Highlight 

Lessons for Learning [@lessonsforlearning]. (n.d.). Behaviour [Highlight]. Instagram. Retrieved May 15,
         2020, from

Note: Instagram Highlights include a retrieval date but Instagram posts do not. 


Notes About Author, Date, Title, and Source 


  • List each author alphabetically by the authors last name and first name initial(s). 
  • If citing a group author, use the entire group name. 
  • After the author, include their username in brackets. For example [@BBFarhadi]  


  • Enclose the date of publication. Put the year first, followed by the month and day separated by a comma. For Example: (2020, July 18). 
  • If the publication date is unknown or cannot be determined, list the date as n.d. (which stands for no date). For example: (n.d.). Use the (n.d.) format for Twitter profiles and Instagram Highlights). 


  • Italicize the title using up to 20 words of the post as the title. 
  • The first word of the title is capitalized as are proper nouns but all other words are lowercase.
  • If a title ends with a question mark or exclamation point, use those punctuation marks instead of a period at the end.
  • Include emojis. If can't replicate emoji, list as a description in brackets. For example: [thumbs up emoji].
  • If a post contains link to an outside source, photograph, or videos, list as a description in brackets. For example: [Link to outside source attached], [Image attached], [Video attached].    

Site Name  

  • Include the name of the site where the post came from. For example: Twitter.   


  • Include the web address.
  • Only include a retrieval date if the source is likely to change over time or was designed to be updated. Twitter/Instagram profiles and Facebook and social media home pages would include a retrieval date while Tweets, Instragram and Facebook posts would not.