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APA Referencing (APA 6th edition): Social media (Including Facebook and Blogs)

Referencing help and examples for using the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style.

Social media (Facebook, Twitter Blogs, etc.)

 These are treated as web pages.

Facebook and Twitter

Author surname , initial. (Year, Month Day). Page title or first few words of update. [source].Retrieved  (month day year of retrieval) from URL.

In text references :

e.g.The Office of the Prime Minister (2011) updated their Julia Gillard Facebook page on 13th January  with a reference to…….

e.g. The BP Parody account created on Twitter stated “Catastophe is a strong word, let’s all agree to call it a whoopsie daisy”. (BP Public Relations, 2010)

Reference list

Office of the Prime Minister.(2011 , January 13). Prime Minister Gillard today announced... [Facebook]. Retrieved  January 20, 2011 from

BP Public Relations . (2010  May 24). ”Catastrophe  is a strong word…” [Twitter]. Retrieved  January 10, 2011 from PR/status 


Blog post or comment [web log post or comment]

Blog post

Author, A. A. [or Alias] (Year, Month day). Title of blog post [Web blog post]. Retrieved from URL.

Comment on a blog:

Author, A. A. [or Alias] (Year, Month day). Re: Title of original blogpost [Web blog comment]. Retrieved from URL.


In text reference :

Social networks can be a key factor in learning (Kraus,  2014).

Reference list

Kraus, L. (2014, November 14). Learning analysis of social networks [Web log post]. Retrieved from

Middlekid. (2014, November 15). Re:Learning analysis of social networks [Web log comment]. Retrieved from


·         Only use references from Facebook Twitter  or Blogs if they are appropriate to academic work

·         If a proper name is not given, use the username or Alias, as in "Middlekid" above

·         As tweets and status updates do not have titles, use the first few words of the message as a title. Titles do not need to be in italics


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