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Based on Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2009)
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Citing youtube

Format if author or poster name is known:

Author, A. A. [Screen name]. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

Stanford University. [StanfordUniversity]. (2005, June 12). Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford commencement address. Retrieved from


Format if screen name only is known:

Screen name. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from http://xxxxx

aradkiewicz. (2011, July 9). Hug the bear [Video file]. Retrieved from




Citing Facebook

To cite a Twitter or Facebook feed as a whole or to discuss it in general, it is sufficient to give the site URL in text, inside parentheses. There is no need for a reference list entry.


Reference format when citing something from a publically available Facebook page:

Username or Group Name. (n.d.). In Facebook [Page type]. Retrieved Month Day, Year, from

Use n.d. if the date is unknown.



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