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LSBU Harvard Referencing: Facebook

Best Practice tips


Creators of social media posts often use their first names, pseudonyms or handles.  If no named author is available use one of these instead.


Social media titles or posts can often be too long to include in a reference.  Write the first few words or sentence and then add ... to indicate that you have omitted part of it.

For further guidance on referencing online sources, see General guidelines for referencing online resources

Format of the reference

You will need:

  • Name of the author(s) or name of the Facebook account
  • Year the post was published, or last updated
  • Title of the post
  • Social media platform
  • Day month
  • Web address
  • Date accessed



Author’s surname, Initials. or Name of the Facebook account (Year the post was published or last updated) Title of post [Facebook], Day month. Available from: [Accessed day month year].


BBC Good Food (2019) Midweek dinner doesn’t have to be stressful… [Facebook], 6 May. Available from: [Accessed 26 January 2021].

In-text citation: (BBC Good Food, 2019)

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