Social Media | 9th Edition

When you cite material posted on a social media platform, follow the general MLA format template. First list the author of the post, the account name, then finally the title or a description of the post in place of a title. Then list the title of the social media site, the publisher, unless the name of the site’s publisher is essentially the same as the website title. Then provide the date of publication of the post—if given—or the copyright date of the page. Finally, list the URL.


Wine To Water. “It’s March! This means that it is almost World Water Day!...” Facebook, 1 Mar. 2022,


If the handle is similar to the account name, and you are going to include a url, you generally do not need to also include a handle for the page.

kaur, rupi. “it isn’t blood that makes you my sister,” Instagram, 1 Apr. 2022,


Keys, Alicia. “Videos.” TikTok, 2020,


Egan, Jennifer [@NewYorker]. “Black Box.” Twitter, 2 Jun. 2012,


Gervase, Madeline. “Madeline Gervase on National Public Health Week.” LinkedIn, Accessed 18 Apr. 2022.

No Publication Date

If you are viewing a social media site on a mobile device, and cannot find the publication or copyright date, include the date you accessed the post at the end of the entry.

Doctors Without Borders. “Photos.” Facebook, Accessed 7 Jul. 2021.

No Unique URL

If a post does not have a unique url, you can provide the account owner’s url instead.

Chang, David. Photo with friends in Momofuku. Snapchat, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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