Proper citation according to APA, can be done to any resource, including social media and PDF files. Here is a way to properly do so.
How to cite PDF files
Is it acceptable?
Citing a PDF in your document is no different
than citing a book or a published article. It is in
fact an acceptable piece nowadays, as PDFs
are essentially part of the digital world.
It is important though that the proper format be
followed for citing a resource. According to APA
website citations, there are certain details that
need to be present when mentioning a
reference and if that detail does not exist or
lacks thereof, the formatting should be
presented differently or replaced with a relative
Reference citation format:
Author, (Year of Date, Month and day). Title of the
article. Name of the source. URL address
Usually, citing online
publications using the APA
method requires the inclusion
of author, date, the title of
the reference, the website
name, and the URL address.
This is applicable though if this is a PDF
document uploaded online and has its own
link. Again, if the source is different and if the
document doesn’t have enough details, then
the citation becomes different as well.
PDF documents are no different from citing
newspapers or websites and you can treat it as if
it were as such. If the source is a PDF version of a
magazine, then it should be cited as a
magazine. If it was uploaded online, cite it as if it
was a website or an online article. This means,
using the link of the PDF as the URL.
If you are citing a website
When you are including a whole website as a
reference in your document, citation can be as
simple as adding its name and URL in your
paragraph. For instance, if you were to use
Facebook (http://facebook.com), then you
could simply include the URL inside a parenthesis
as we did in this sentence. This is applicable if
there is no requirement for you to quote or use a
specific part of the website.
If you are citing an online article
● May it be a newspaper or a blog, an article online
should still be cited properly. If the