Taking note of the following elements as you find things will help when it comes time to finish your citations!
Example Citations (Scroll Down)
MLA - 8th Ed.
For this style: Double-spaced and hanging indent in the works cited page. This is an example of a post from a Facebook Page. For more extensive advice, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab’s MLA Works Cited Page: Electronic Sources page.
Last Name, First Name of user or username or page name. Description of Post. Facebook, Day Mon. Year posted, Time posted. URL. Accessed Day Month Year.
Flaxman Library. Pride Month book display information. Facebook, 15 Jun. 2022, 12:08 p.m., www.facebook.com/saic.library. Accessed 22 Jun. 2022.
Special Note About MLA URLs:
The rule of thumb is to include the full URL, however if it is long and complex you can take a few steps to shorten it. First, remove the protocol and // (i.e. https://) from the beginning of the link. After that, if it is still incredibly long you can remove everything after the host site that's not helpful to a future researcher. The intention is for other scholars to be able to find content you cite, so if all the other elements of your citation are present they should be able to do that with only the host site link. In the example above, "saic.library" was retained so help a scholar access the correct page if they look for this post.
APA - 7th Ed.
For this style: Double-spaced and hanging indent in the references page. This is an example of a post from a Facebook Page. For more extensive advice, see section 10.15 in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition.
Last Name, First Initial of user or username or page name. (Year, Month Day of post). Post text up to the first 20 words exactly replicated including emojis [Description of audiovisuals]. Facebook. Retrieved Month Day, Year from URL.
Flaxman Library. (2022, June 15). Stop by the library book display and borrow a book or DVD to celebrate #Pride ! Want more? Use the link [Image attached]. Facebook. Retrieved 2022, June 22 from https://bit.ly/3yd42wk.
Special Note about APA URLs:
You can shorten long, complex URLs in the APA style using a link shortening service. However this is not always the best solution depending on your publication situation. There is more guidance on making this choice here.
Chicago - 17th Ed.
For this style: Single-spaced (with blank space between each citation) and hanging indent in the bibliography. This is an example of a podcast with a single known host. For more extensive advice, see section 14.267 in The Chicago Manual of Style Online.
Last Name, First Initial of user or username or page name. “First 160 characters of post exactly replicated.” Facebook, Month Day, Year posted. URL.
Flaxman Library. "Stop by the library book display and borrow a book or DVD to celebrate #Pride ! Want more? Use the link below to take a look at our growing LGBTQIA+ Virtual." Facebook, June 15, 2022. https://www.facebook.com/saic.library/posts/pfbid0rjkdqEE13K5P77B1UrbuyXunhz5HC8rFDuDdcjsNu5UC8PLdQ9FxsGgbLwVpMzu9.
Special Note About Chicago URLs:
The Chicago Manual of Style notes that shortened versions of a URL provided by link shortening services should never be used unless it is a DOI. Full information about what is and is not allowed when shortening URLs are available in section 14.10 in The Chicago Manual of Style Online.