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Referencing Style Guide: Social media

Tweet - Reference List

Badlands National Park [@BadlandsNPS]. (2018, February 26). Biologists have identified more than 400 different plant species growing in @BadlandsNPS #DYK #biodiversity [Tweet]. Twitter. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://twitter.com/BadlandsNPS/status/968196500412133379

Account Holder Name [handle]. (date of publication YYYY, MMMM DD). Text of tweet. [Tweet]. Twitter. Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY from URL

Note: Include a retrieval date for social media references because the content may change.

Twitter Profile - Reference List

APA Style [@APA_Style]. (n.d.). Tweets [Twitter profile]. Twitter. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://twitter.com/APA_Style

Account Name [handle] (n.d.). Tweets [Twitter profile]. Twitter Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY, from URL

Facebook Page - Reference List

Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. (n.d.). Home [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved February 24, 2020 https://facebook.com/nationalzoo

Account Name (n.d.). Page Name [Facebook page]. Facebook. Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY URL

Facebook Post - Reference List

Gaiman, N. (2018, March 22). 100,000+ Rohingya refugees could be at serious risk during Bangladesh’s monsoon season. My fellow UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett is [Image attached] [Status update]. Facebook. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from http://bit.ly/2JQxPAD

Surname, A.B. (date of publication YYYY, MMMM DD). Text of post. [attachment descriptors] [post type]. Facebook. Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY from URL

Notes: If a status update includes images or videos, indicate this in square brackets, e.g. [Image attached], [Video attached] etc.
Only include up to the first 20 words of the title for social media post references.

Instagram Post or Highlight - Reference List

Zeitz MOCAA [@zeitzmocaa]. (2018, November 16). Grade 6 learners from Parkfields Primary School in Hanover Park visited the museum for a tour and workshop hosted by [Photographs]. Instagram. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://www. instagram.com/p/BqpHpjFBs3b/

Account Name [handle]. (date of post YYYY, MMMM DD) Text of post [Photographs]. Instagram. Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY from URL

The New York Public Library [@nypl]. (n.d.). The raven [Highlight]. Instagram. Retrieved February 24, 2020, from https://bitly.com/ 2FV8bu3

Account Name [handle]. (n.d) Text of post [Highlight]. Instagram. Retrieved MMMM DD, YYYY from URL

Tweet - In-Text Citation

Badlands National Park (2018) identifies that …

Note: a date is needed here as a single Tweet is being referenced.

Twitter Profile - In-Text Citation

APA Style (n.d.) provides information about referencing …

Note: n.d. is used to indicate that the date is unknown or for a body of work over many days (e.g. the full content of a Twitter account)

Facebook Page - In-Text Citation

On the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute’s (n.d.) Facebook page …

Note: n.d. is used to indicate that the date is unknown or for a body of work over many days (e.g. the full content of a Facebook account)

Facebook Post - In-Text Citation

On Facebook, Gaiman (2018) announced that…

Note: a date is needed here as a single Facebook post is being referenced.

Instagram Post or Highlight - In-Text Citation

Zeitz MOCAA (2018) shows photographs from a museum in Hanover Park …
The New York Public Library (n.d.) …

 

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