How to cite a Facebook page in APA
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:
- 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.
- Date of retrieval: Give the date you retrieved the page in the form "Month Day, Year".
- 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:
. (n.d.). In Facebook [Facebook page].Retrieved Date of retrieval, from URL
APA reference list examples
Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the APA style guidelines for a Facebook page citation in action:
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/
This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).