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

  1. TikTok video
  2. TikTok profile

1. TikTok video

Cook, P. [@chemteacherphil]. (2019, November 19). Alkali salts get lit. #chemistry #chemteacherphil #scienceexperiments #foryou #jobforme #trend #featurethis #science #vibecheck [Video]. TikTok.

Washington Post [@washingtonpost]. (2019, December 3). News is all around us #frozen #newsroom #newspaper [Video]. TikTok.


  • Parenthetical citations: (Cook, 2019; Washington Post, 2019)
  • Narrative citations: Cook (2019) and Washington Post (2019)
  • Present the name of the individual or group author the same as you would for any other reference. Then provide the TikTok handle (beginning with the @ sign) in square brackets, followed by a period.
  • Provide the specific date of the post.
  • Provide the first 20 words of the caption 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.
  • Include the description “[Video]” in square brackets after the title.
  • Credit TikTok as the site name in the source element and then provide the URL of the video.
  • The format used for TikTok is also used for Instagram and Twitter.

2. TikTok profile

Witherspoon, R. [@officialreesetiktok]. (n.d.). vsco mom [TikTok profile]. TikTok. Retrieved January 12, 2020, from


  • Parenthetical citation: (Witherspoon, n.d.)
  • Narrative citation: Witherspoon (n.d.)
  • Unlike other social media profile pages, the TikTok page does not have a “Home” or other tabs. For the title in the reference, use the first 20 words of the description (in the example, “vsco mom”).
  • Include the notation “[TikTok profile]” 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.

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

Date created: February 2020