How to cite a Reddit post in APA

APA Reddit post citation

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

  1. Author of the Reddit post: Give the last name and initials of the author (e.g. Gates, B.) or if not an individual, the full name (e.g. TAMU Writing Center).
  2. Reddit screen name: Provide the Reddit screen name in square brackets (e.g. [HiinXCVIII] or ‏[SoulK007]).
  3. Date of posting: Give the year, month and day in brackets followed by a full stop, e.g. (2019, June 13).
  4. Title of the Reddit post: Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  5. 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 Reddit post in APA style 6th edition:

Author of the Reddit post. [Reddit screen name] (Date of posting). Title of the Reddit post [Online forum post]. Retrieved from URL

APA reference list examples

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


A Reddit post from an unknown user

[HiinXCVIII]. (2018, September 24). Fantastic view from google earth [Online forum post]. Retrieved from

An unknown user's question on Reddit

[SoulK007]. (2018, December 9). How are you supposed to cite a reddit post in APA or MLA? [Online forum post]. Retrieved from
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This citation style guide is based on the official Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

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