Facebook post

Important: Confirm with your lecturer whether you are using APA 6th or APA 7th as they are slightly different.

In-text citations

This category covers posts and comments that are recoverable. Posts that are protected by privacy settings should be treated as personal communications; see Other sources; Personal communication.

Paraphrasing

Coles Supermarket (2014) is pleased to announce ...

A recent announcement by Coles states that … (Coles Supermarket, 2014).

Direct quote

Place direct quotes between double quotation marks " " and provide the paragraph number.

Coles Supermarket CEO announced at a recent promotional event that "Our Coles Brand fresh chicken is 100% RSPCA Approved which means …" (Coles Supermarket, 2014, para 1).

Reference list

Facebook post

TEMPLATE

Author. (Year, Month Day). Title [Form]. Website title. URL

Coles Supermarkets. (2014, January 2). Good news: In another national supermarket first, we’re pleased to announce 100% of our Coles Brand fresh chicken is now RSPCA Approved [Facebook post]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/coles/posts/639616386102380?stream_ref=10

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  • For social media posts, use up to the first 20 words of the post as the title
  • Give the exact date of the post.
  • A retrieval date is not needed for posts as the post has a specific date linked to it.

Facebook page

TEMPLATE

Author. (n.d.). Title [Facebook page]. Website title. Retrieved URL

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved July 22, 2019 from https://facebook.com/nationalzoo

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  • Add the form in square brackets to the title, eg Facebook post, Facebook page, infographic.
  • Give the full URL of the post. If the item is archived, give the archived version URL (click post’s date stamp).
  • A retrieval date is needed for whole feeds or pages because the content will change over time.