Citing a Discussion Post

If you want to cite another participant's posting, follow the guidelines from example 74 on page 215 in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Note that authors of formal writing published in scholarly journals would rarely cite a discussion group posting, because of its questionable scholarly value.

So let's say that you, student Zelda Gilroy, are participating in a discussion thread called "Environmental Responsibility." You read a comment by fellow student Chatsworth Osborne posted on June 29, 2006, and you want to cite Osborne's comment in your paper.

In the text use:

Osborne (2006) commented that people who drive gas-guzzlers are insensitive to environmental degradation.  While that might be true for many drivers, it's impossible to say it's true for everyone.  That kind of generalization is exactly what has so polarized the voting public.

In the reference list use:

Osborne, C. (2006, June 29). Re: Environmental responsibility

[Online discussion group]. Retrieved from

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In addition to the information provided here, refer to page 186 in the APA Manual (Sixth Edition) for how to cite and reference nonroutine information and titles. 

CDC website

Citing Yourself

Course Materials

Discussion Post

Dissertation or Thesis

DVD/Online Video

ERIC Document

eReader (Kindle, Nook, etc.)

Legal Material


Parts of a Book

Personal Communication

PowerPoint Presentation

Secondary Source

Sources with the Same Author and Same Year

Walden Course Catalog

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