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

  1. LinkedIn post
  2. LinkedIn profile

1. LinkedIn post

American Psychological Association. (2019, December 9). Last month, APA joined more than 40 national and international psychology organizations to explore ways to collaborate and use psychological [Thumbnail with link attached] [Post]. LinkedIn.

Goodwin, J. (2019, September). The best part of attending the American Psychological Association's 2019 Convention in Chicago this year was having the opportunity to [Image attached] [Post]. LinkedIn.


  • Parenthetical citations: (American Psychological Association, 2019; Goodwin, 2019)
  • Narrative citations: American Psychological Association (2019) and Goodwin (2019)
  • Use the name associated with the account as the name in the reference.
  • LinkedIn does not provide exact dates for posts; rather, it tells users how long ago the post was made. Use the date information provided on the post to infer as specific a date as possible for the reference.
  • 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 after the title.
  • Describe the post type (e.g., “[Post],” “[Video]”) in square brackets after any description of attached content.
  • Credit LinkedIn as the site name in the source element and then provide the URL of the post.

2. LinkedIn profile

John Tyler Community College. (n.d.). Home [LinkedIn page]. LinkedIn. Retrieved January 9, 2020, from


  • Parenthetical citation: (John Tyler Community College, n.d.)
  • Narrative citation: John Tyler Community College (n.d.)
  • Use the page title in the reference (e.g., “Home,” “About,” “Jobs”).
  • Include the notation “[LinkedIn page]” in square brackets after the title.
  • Provide a retrieval date because the content is designed to change over time and is not archived.
  • Provide the URL of the page.

LinkedIn references follow the template for social media references in Section 10.15 of the APA Publication Manual, Seventh Edition

Date created: February 2020