Answered By: Katie Hutchison
Last Updated: Apr 06, 2017     Views: 43902

MLA 8th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. (handle). "First several words of Instagram post (if any)..." Instagram, Day month year posted, URL.

libechillbro. "Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week…" Instagram, 18 Apr 2013,

APA 6th ed.

handle. (Year, month day posted). First several words of Instagram post (if any)... [Instagram post]. Retrieved from URL

libechillbro. (2013, April 18). Root beer floats are in honor of National Library Week… [Instagram post]. Retrieved from

Chicago 16th ed.

Lastname, Firstname [or single username]. Instagram post. Month day, year posted. URL.

Penguin, Oscar. Instagram post. April 18, 2013.

Comments (4)

  1. what if the description of the video is really long? Do I just put the first sentence or the title of it?
    by litlte kid on the internet on Apr 03, 2017
  2. @ little kid on the internet

    Without strong instructions for social media citing, I would follow the directions that are here.
    by Katie Hutchison on Apr 06, 2017
  3. How do you cite an instagram account then?
    by citation help! on Sep 24, 2018
  4. @citation help! - I would recommend introducing the account generally, and then citing individual posts that support your argument. Stop by the Walsh U Library if you have more questions and we can work it out together.
    by Katie Hutchison on Sep 25, 2018

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