Facebook page or status update [from Electronic source using APA 6th ed.]


To locate the web address of an individual update, click on the date and time stamp beneath (or next to) the post in question to be taken to the individual status update page with its own URL. Facebook updates might be quite long, so you can use a truncated version of the update.

Standard Form

Author, Initials. [first name]. (year, month, day). Title [Facebook status update]. Retrieved from web address


BBC News. (2013, February 12). Are enough women in Britain getting top jobs? [Facebook status update]. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151243679092217&set=a.10150618575207217.382392.228735667216&type=1

Citation in Text

The findings support anecdotal evidence from female employees (BBC News, 2013) ...


  • The author's real name, if known, is provided first, followed by the author's first name in brackets, to aid retrievability. For organisations or groups, spell out the full name. 
  • If no date appears on the item you are trying to reference, insert (n.d.) where you would normally give the year.