Frequently Asked Questions: Social Media
Today we are looking at frequently asked questions related to social media and common media resources. These are not, as of yet, included in our guide, Swansea University Referencing According to the APA 6th Style, as it is not academic and its use should be used sparingly (or not at all) within your academic writing.
However, there are many lecturers and researchers within the academic community who use Social Media effectively in their research and citing and referencing their work maybe necessary. Also, within the School of Management it maybe necessary to cite video content such as TED Talks and other Industry standard information.
Often referencing conventions are not in place for new formats and the General Referencing guidance yesterday should be applied.
How do I reference a Facebook (or Twitter) post?
There are a couple of ways to cite social media. However if the information is not accessible then you include an in-text citation but you do not include it within the reference list. For personal communication you use the following format:
For social media that is in the public domain a few examples are below:
How do I reference a TED Talk?
The way you reference a TED Talk is dependent on where you viewed the video. If you viewed the video from the TED website the reference would follow the following format.
However if you viewed the video from YouTube the reference would look slightly different, as in order to retrieve the article you would change the creator details to the publisher details and as the only stable date given in YouTube is the posted date you use (year, month, date).
How do I reference a YouTube video?
When referencing a YouTube video you need to put the person who posted the video as the author. It is also important to put a screen name in square brackets as it is this information that will locate the video. Your reference will look something like this:
Sometimes with YouTube videos the authors name is not available. In these instances, include the screen name without the square brackets.
Tomorrow we will be looking at referencing parliamentary and legal material for work within the School of Management.
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