How to cite a Facebook page in APA

APA Facebook page citation

Differently to other online sources, a Facebook page entry in APA style should include a retrieval date. Since Facebook pages may change over time (different title, content, etc.), a retrieval date helps the reader identify the point in time to which it was referred to.

To cite a Facebook page in a reference entry in APA style 6th edition include the following elements:

  1. Username or Group name: Give the last name and initials (e. g. Watson, J. D.) of up to seven authors with the last name preceded by an ampersand (&). For eight or more authors include the first six names followed by an ellipsis (…) and add the last author's name.
  2. Date of retrieval: Give the date you retrieved the page in the form "Month Day, Year".
  3. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a Facebook page in APA style 6th edition:

Username or Group name. (n.d.). In Facebook [Facebook page]. Retrieved Date of retrieval, from URL

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines in action:

Examples

Obama's official Facebook page

Obama, B. (n.d.). In Facebook [Facebook page]. Retrieved June 6, 2019, from https://www.facebook.com/barackobama/

The Facebook page from a popular YouTube channel

AsapSCIENCE. (n.d.). In Facebook [Facebook page]. Retrieved May 11, 2019, from https://www.facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE/

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