A. One Author or EditorB. Two Authors or EditorsC. Three to Five Authors or EditorsD. Chapter in an Edited Book or TextbookE. Entry in a dictionary or encyclopediaF. No AuthorG. E-BookH. Edition other than the FirstI. TranslationJ. Government Publication
A. Journal Article with One AuthorB. Journal Article with Two AuthorsC. Journal Article with 3 - 6 AuthorsD. Journal Article with more than 7 authorsE. Magazine ArticleF. Newspaper ArticleG. Article from a DatabaseH. Google Scholar
A. Basic Web PageB. University / College WebpageC. No AuthorD. Blog postE. Online Reference EntryF. Online Government DocumentG. Document from a WebsiteH. Wikis
A. Motion PictureB. YouTube VideoC. Podcast
A. Electronic ImageB. FiguresC. Photographs and Maps
A. InterviewB. EmailC. Religious and Classical WorksD. Secondary SourcesE. Lectures / Course MaterialsF. Archival WorksG. Tweets & FacebookH. Personal Communication
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About Tweets and Facebook

Posts from online social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, are not often considered an aspect of scholarly research and specific reference examples for citing social media are not included in the APA Manual.

As social media becomes used more widely by businesses, national radio stations, government officials and agencies, and associations, there may be incidents where you would quote from these sources.

APA suggests adapted examples in the manual to meet you needs, see page 193.

About retrievability: Because online social media are about live updates not archiving, it is not possible to be absolutely sure these status update pages will still be here in a year, or 5, or 20 years.

If you are writing for a publication, you are encouraged to self-archive the posting.


General Format


To cite an entire Twitter  feed or to discuss it in general terms, give the site URL in text and inside parentheses. Because Tweets are not archived they are considered not discoverable, the verifiability of a citation is not ensured. However, for most papers and assignments required for your course, it is recommended that you include the source in a reference list. If your work was going to be published in a magazine or journal you could omit including the source in the references list.

To differentiate among several posts from the same person, association, or group in the same year (or even the same day), you can include ”a” or “b” after the year, in chronological order. If you have only one post from the writer in a year, then it is not necessary to include “a” or “b.”

In-text Example:

The Canadian NDP uses Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/NDP_HQ) to keep Canadians up to date on party events and initiatives.


The suggested reference list entry below generally follows the format for citation of

         online sources. (see pp. 214–215) NDP_HQ. (2012a, February 12).

         Stay tuned – English question coming up next in Quebec City


CBC. (n.d.). In Facebook [Fan page]. Retrieved March 17, 2010,

from http://www.facebook.com/pages/cbc/19084738925716

CAUTION: You can only use publically viewable information from any social networking site including Facebook and Twitter. You cannot use any private or personal information.

Learn More

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.


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