Referencing is one of the things you can do to make your claims or anything you are saying more valid. People🧑‍🤝‍🧑 use citations a lot in the academic world🗺️ and even if you have listened to regular conversations between people🧑‍🤝‍🧑, you might hear citations, like❤️ when they use⚒️ a bible verse and tell🗣️ the exact address.

Guess what; it is even essential 🖋️ to know how to cite LinkedIn! Maybe not as important🖋️ as in an ISI article📝, but still important🖋️. Since people🧑‍🤝‍🧑 can accuse you of plagiarism even if you have cited from a social media📹 such as LinkedIn with no referencing back to the author.

How to Cite LinkedIn?

Well, maybe that makes no legal issues for you but think🤔 of the image🖼️! That is somehow your most valuable thing on the internet.

Citation can help🦮 you with this plagiarism thing, shows that you have a deep understanding of the title📝 you are talking🗣️ about, makes your arguments and opinions credible on a specific title📝, and lets other people🧑‍🤝‍🧑 identify the source of your claims.

How to cite LinkedIn?

There are two parts that you can use⚒️ for citation on LinkedIn. You can cite from a post or article📝 or profile👨‍💼.

You can use⚒️ a LinkedIn member’s name in the citation (if you’re going to cite them). LinkedIn doesn’t tell🗣️ you when they published a post, but you can calculate the date by the information of how long that post has been published. Use⚒️ the first🥇 twenty words of the post you are citing as the title📝. If the first🥇 20 words include URL, hashtags, emoji, etc., use⚒️ them as well.

As the APA style website says: “If a post includes images🖼️, videos📹, thumbnail links⛓️ to outside sources, or content📜 from another post (such as when sharing📤 a link), indicate that in square brackets after the title📝.

You can describe the post type in a bracket: [Post] or [Video]. Bring LinkedIn as the site you drove the citation from in the source elements and don’t forget to provide a URL.

APA style has an example for all of these:

  1. “American Psychological Association. (2019, December 9). Last month, APA joined more than 40 national and international psychology organizations to explore ways to collaborate and use⚒️ psychological [Thumbnail with link⛓️ attached] [Post]. LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/american-psychological-association_how-psychologists-are-combating-climate-change-activity-6609801161937612800-GvdC”
  2. “Goodwin, J. (2019, September). The best😎 part of attending the American Psychological Association’s 2019 Convention in Chicago this year was having the opportunity to [Image attached] [Post]. LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/jongoodwin3_apa2019-activity-6569581103441682432-CN98”
  3. “Parenthetical citations: (American Psychological Association, 2019; Goodwin, 2019) Narrative citations: American Psychological Association (2019) and Goodwin (2019)”

As for citing from a profile👨‍💼, it is suggested to use⚒️ that account’s section titles which you are citing. (e.g., Home, Experiences, Activities, etc.), don’t forget to bring the notion of the LinkedIn page in a bracket, provide a date for the citation since the source might get updated regularly, and provide a URL.

Take a look👀 at the example below:

  • Boston Scientific. Home [LinkedIn page]. LinkedIn. Retrieved August 21, 2022, from https://www.linkedin.com/company/boston-scientific/
  • Parenthetical citation: (Boston Scientific) Narrative citation: Boston Scientific
  • Narrative citation: Boston Scientific

As we can see👀 a citation means: “a quotation from or reference to a book📙, paper, or author, especially in a scholarly work.” and believe me when I say it is so vital 🖋️ to know how to cite LinkedIn, especially when you want to cite from it in your website or anywhere else.

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