This guide is for the 7th edition of the APA manual (2020).
Cite only original content from social media. If you used social media to discover a source (e.g. a link to a webpage), cite the original source of the information. Include up to the first 20 words of the post, including hashtags, links, and emojis. Do not alter spelling or capitalization. Replicate emojis if possible, or provide emoji name in square brackets. An emoji counts as one word. Reference any attached photos or videos in square brackets, for example: [Image attached]. For more information, see pp. 348-349 of the APA manual.
Author, A. A. [@Twitter Handle]. (Year, Month
Day). Up to first 20 words of the tweet
[Tweet]. Twitter. URL
Canada Trade. [@CanadaTrade]. (2020, January
17). A HUGE congratulations [clapping
hands emoji] to the Canadian firms on the
2020 Global #Cleantech100 List! [trophy
emoji] Find out how @TCS_SDC
[Infographic attached] [Tweet]. Twitter.
After the first 20 words of the post, in square brackets describe the post. E.g. [Status update], [Infographic], [Video].
Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Up to first 20
words of the post [Description]. Facebook.
Library and Archives Canada. (2020, January
25). The design results from an
unprecedented public process that asked
Ottawa residents, Indigenous communities,
and Canadians from across the country
[Video attached]. Facebook. https://www.
The person or group who uploaded the video is considered the author.
Author, A. A. [Username if it differs from author].
(Year, Month Day). Title of video [Video].
Mattu, A. [The Psych Show]. (2018, August 16).
How to deal with emotions in a healthy
way [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/
For more examples, see pages 348-350 of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th edition, in reference and on reserve at the library, call number: BF 76.7 P83 2020.