How to cite a Facebook post in MLA

MLA Facebook post citation

To cite a Facebook post in a reference entry in MLA style 8th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author or User name: Give the name of the author or user name.
  2. Description of post: Titles are italicized when independent. If part of a larger source add quotation marks and do not italize.
  3. Date, time of posting: Add the date and time of publication.
  4. URL: Copy URL in full from your browser, omit http:// or https:// and do not list URLs created by shortening services.
  5. Date of access: Give the the day, month and year of retrieval.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a Facebook post in MLA style 8th edition:

Author or User name. Description of post. Facebook, Date, time of posting, URL. Accessed Date of access.

Take a look at our workd cited examples that demonstrate the MLA style guidelines in action:

Examples

A Facebook post from Obama's official page

Obama, Barack. Obama meeting Greta Thunberg. Facebook, 17 Sep. 2019, 10:27 pm, facebook.com/barackobama/. Accessed 22 Sept. 2019.

A Facebook post from the page of a YouTube channel

AsapSCIENCE. A Star Is Born...Literally. Facebook, 10 Apr. 2019, 07:15 pm, facebook.com/AsapSCIENCE/. Accessed 11 May 2019.

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