This page contains reference examples for Facebook, including the following:

  1. Facebook post
  2. Facebook page

1. Facebook post

News From Science. (2019, June 21). Are you a fan of astronomy? Enjoy reading about what scientists have discovered in our solar system—and beyond? This [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/ScienceNOW/photos/a.117532185107/10156268057260108/?type=3&theater

 

  • Parenthetical citation: (News From Science, 2019)
  • Narrative citation: News From Science (2019)
  • Use the name associated with the account as the name in the reference.
  • Provide the specific date of the post.
  • Provide the first 20 words of the post as the title. Count a URL or other link, a hashtag, or an emoji as one word each, and include them in the reference if they fall within the first 20 words. Do not italicize emojis.
  • If a post includes images, videos, thumbnail links to outside sources, or content from another post (such as when sharing a link), indicate that in square brackets.
  • Describe the post type (e.g., “[Status update],” “[Video]”) in square brackets after any description of attached content.
  • Credit Facebook as the site name in the source element and then provide the URL of the post.

2. Facebook page

National Park Service. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved January 12, 2020, from https://www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice/

 

  • Parenthetical citation: (National Park Service, n.d.)
  • Narrative citation: National Park Service (n.d.)
  • Use the page title in the reference (e.g., “Home,” “About,” “Reviews”).
  • Include the notation “[Facebook page]” in square brackets.
  • Provide a retrieval date because the content is designed to change over time and is not archived.
  • Provide the URL of the page.

Facebook references are covered in Section 10.15 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition