Citing and referencing: Websites newspaper & magazine articles, socia media

A guide to the styles recommended by Monash schools and departments for students and researchers

Websites, newspaper & magazine articles, social media

For more information about websites and social media sources read chapter 3.15 of the AMA Manual of Style

(see Chapter 3.15.3 specifically)

General format - you can only include the following details if they exist on the site

  • Authors' surnames and initials (if there are more than 6 authors give the first 3 followed by et al.) or name of the group
  • Title of specific section cited (if not given, name of organisation responsible) 
  • Name of website
  • [Month day, year.] published
  • Updated [Month day, year.]
  • Accessed [Month day, year.]
  • URL (check that link works)


29.    Department of Health, State Government of Victoria. Diabetes. Better Health Channel. Updated February 2, 2022. Accessed October 20, 2022.

30. ARDC. Resources for researchers.  Australian Research Data Commons. 2022. Accessed October 20, 2022. 

Newspaper articles

(see the chapter on News Publications 3.13.1 under Special Materials)

Print and online newspaper articles should include all of these elements if they can be identified:

  • Author's surname and initials
  • Title of article
  • Name of newspaper in italics - add a city name if this clarifies the correct newspaper eg. The Ballarat Courier as opposed to The Mansfield Courier
  • Date of publication [Month day, year.]
  • Section or page number preceded by a colon (if appropriate)
  • Accessed date online [Month day, year.]
  • URL

Example (print): 31.     Kirkham, R. Support for children. The Ballarat Courier. August 17, 2019:4.

Example (online): 32.     Ilanbey, S. Andrews dumps young offender reforms. The Sunday Age. June 5, 2022. Accessed August 11, 2022.

Social Media

(see 3.15.4 for more examples of social media types)

Blog post

Example: 33.     CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). 10 questions to ask your pharmacist. Public Health Matters Blog. September 20, 2022. Accessed June 8, 2022.


Example:34.     Infertility in polycystic ovary syndrome. Wikipedia. Updated November 19, 2021. Accessed October 20, 2022.

Twitter Feed

Example: 35.     Cochrane. What are systematic reviews? New G@CochraneCCR video explains #SRs for informed health decisions. February 2, 2016. Accessed June 8, 2022.


Example: 36.     pharmonash YouTube page. Novel drug action at the Calcium Sensing Receptor: 3 Minute thesis 2012: Anna Davey. Accessed September 10, 2022.


See Chapter 3.13.8.

Example: 37.     Fifty Shades of Review with Andrew Booth. EAHIL CPD Pilot Program webinar. November 23, 2016. Accessed October 10, 2022.