How to cite a Facebook post in Chicago

Chicago style Facebook post citation

To cite a Facebook post in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the post: Give first the last name, then the name as presented in the source (e. g. Watson, John). For two authors, reverse only the first name, followed by ‘and’ and the second name in normal order (e. g. Watson, John, and John Watson). For more than seven authors, list the first seven names followed by et al.
  2. Text of the Facebook post: Give the title in quotation marks.
  3. Date of posting: Give the month, day and year of publication.
  4. URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a Facebook post in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the post. "Text of the Facebook post." Facebook. Date of posting. URL.

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


A post from the Facebook page of a YouTube channel

AsapSCIENCE. "A Star Is Born...LITERALLY. If you want to support our channel, watch the video on YouTube!" Facebook, April 10, 2019.

A post from the Facebook page of a company

Paperpile. "The Resilience Postdoc: How to be ok with uncertainty." Facebook, October 9, 2019.

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