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APA Style 7th Edition: Citing Your Sources

Provide guidance on APA format style based on the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.

Standard Format

Social Media






Social media site name


Author, A. A. [@username].

Name of Group [@username].

Author, A. A.

Name of Group.

Name of Group [username]. 




(year, Month date).

Content of the post up to the first 20 words.

Content of the post up to the first 20 words [Description of audiovisuals].

[Description of audiovisuals].

Site Name.


Retrieved Month day, year, from https://xxxx...


Adapted from American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed).

Formatting Rules

If you quote or paraphrase social media content that cannot be accessed by your audience (due to privacy settings/restricted access), cite the content as personal communication.

Various Examples

Social Media Examples

Tweet with author and username

APA Style [@APA_Style].  (2018, October 2).  #APAStyle covers more than references and citations. Have you seen our blog posts about principles of good writing? … [Tweet with link attached].  Twitter.

Instagram photo with author and username

University of Southern California [@uscedu].  (2019, February 20).  Great to have @CurbedLA take a look around the @lacoliseum today with USC VP of Auxiliary Services Dan Stimmler [Photograph] Instagram.

Instagram highlight The Conscious Kid [@theconsciouskid].  (n.d.).  Rethinking Dr. Seuss [Highlight].  Instagram.  Retrieved March 16, 2020, from

Twitter Moment

Aliyah [@steeleio_].  (2019, February 19).  My roommate’s cat is always breaking out of her bathroom. I set up this hidden camera to find out how...and y’all....i-  [Twitter moment].  Twitter.

Twitter Profile

Carol Folt [@PresidentFolt]. (n.d.).  Tweets [Twitter profile].  Twitter.  Retrieved March 16, 2020, from

Facebook Post

World Health Organization (WHO).  (2020, March 14).  Thank you Natália Loewe Becker, our Goodwill Ambassador, for joining the #SafeHands challenge and helping us beat the coronavirus! [Video].  Facebook.

Facebook Page The Conscious Kid. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page].  Facebook.  Retrieved March 16, 2020, from

See Ch. 10 pp. 313-352 of APA Manual for more examples and formatting rules