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Academic Integrity - Referencing, Citation & Avoiding Plagiarism: Facebook

This guide explains what referencing and citation is and how to use the APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA and Vancouver Styles. It includes a short interactive tutorial on each style.


Reference: Author Last name, Initials. (Year of post) 'First few words of post [...]', Facebook post, Day Month of posted message. Available at: url of post (Accessed Day Month Year).

Example: DSPCA (2015) 'We have lots of beautiful kittens in the shelter [...]', Facebook post, 16 July. Available at: (Accessed 17 July 2015).


  • Author(s) Last name (Year)
  • (Author(s) Last name Year)


  • DSPCA (2015) reported on there being a number of kittens …
  • It was reported that the DSPCA has kittens for potential adoption (DSPCA, 2015).

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