How to Cite a YouTube Video


If you need to cite a YouTube video for a report or other assignment, make sure you know the name of the video, the name of the user, the date the video was posted, the URL of the video, and the duration of the video. The specific requirements for YouTube video citations vary depending on which citation style you use, however. Don't worry -- we'll cover all the styles!

Part 1
APA Style

APA Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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If the real name of the producer or compiler is available, write it out in last-name, first-initial format. Otherwise, use the compiler's screenname. If you know both, put the real name first and the screen name in brackets. If the video is pulled from YouTube's official channel, indicate that the author's name is "YouTube." Follow with a period.[1] Doe, J. Walters, L. [parakeetlover897]. Sephora. YouTube.

APA Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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List the date in year-month-day format, and enclose it in parentheses. Follow with another period.[2] YouTube. (2012, December 21).

APA Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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Only capitalize the first letter of the first word and any proper nouns. If there is a subtitle, also capitalize the first word after the colon. Put the entire title in italics.[3] YouTube. (2012, December 21). Top searches on YouTube: August - November 2012

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In brackets, type the words "Video file." Place a period after the brackets, and a space before the first bracket.[4] YouTube. (2012, December 21). Top searches on YouTube: August - November 2012 [Video file].

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Introduce the URL with the phrase "Retrieved by." Use the video's specific URL, not the general URL for YouTube. Do not follow it with a period.[5] YouTube. (2012, December 21). Top searches on YouTube: August - November 2012 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Part 2
MLA Style

MLA Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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If the author or creator of the video is different from the uploader, begin the citation with the author's name in Last name, First name format. End with a period.[6] Halligan, Meredith.

MLA Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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Put the title in quotation marks and follow it with a period. Capitalize the first letter of all major word (that is, anything that isn't an article, conjunction, preposition, or "to").[7] Halligan, Meredith. "Amazing Animal Videos." "Top Searches on YouTube: August - November 2012."

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Even if the video was pulled from the official YouTube account, you still need to indicate that the video was pulled from YouTube. Italicize the website's name, and follow with a comma.[8] Halligan, Meredith. "Amazing Animal Videos." YouTube, "Top Searches on YouTube: August - November 2012." YouTube,

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If the user indicates their real name, use it. Otherwise, use the compiler's username or screen name. Put a comma after this information.[9] Halligan, Meredith. "Amazing Animal Videos." YouTube, uploaded by shellyg123, "Top Searches on YouTube: August - November 2012." YouTube, uploaded by YouTube,

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Type out the date in day-month-year format. Conclude with a comma.[10] Halligan, Meredith. "Amazing Animal Videos." YouTube, uploaded by shellyg123, 6 May 2017, "Top Searches on YouTube: August - November 2012." YouTube, uploaded by YouTube, 1 December 2012,

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Next, include the complete URL where you accessed the video. End the citation with a period. Halligan, Meredith. "Amazing Animal Videos." YouTube, uploaded by shellyg123, 6 May 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=43q50948590. "Top Searches on YouTube: August - November 2012." YouTube, uploaded by YouTube, 1 December 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=023984m86.

Part 3
Chicago Style

Chicago Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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Capitalize the first letter of each major word and enclose in quotation marks. Follow with a comma.[11] "90s Hits Compilation,"

Chicago Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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Include the phrase "YouTube video" after the video title, followed by another comma.[12] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video,

Chicago Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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Separate the minutes and seconds with a colon. Add another comma after the seconds.[13] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video, 2:13,

Chicago Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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In some cases, you may want to include supplementary information, such as specific pieces performed or where the video may have originally appeared.[14] “Beethoven's 9th Symphony," YouTube video 70:14, performed by the Golden Symphony, televised on NBC on May 9, 2008

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Introduce the name with the phrase “posted by.” Type out the compiler's username. If using a video from the official YouTube channel, use "YouTube" as the username. Include the name in quotation marks and use the same capitalization used on the channel. Follow with another comma.[15] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video, 2:13, posted by "Music Hits Inc.," "Sephora Features: Sophy Robson's Wild Giraffe Nail Tutorial," YouTube video, 1:16, posted by "Sephora,"

Chicago Style on How to Cite a YouTube Video

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The date should be in month-day-year format. Place a comma after the year.[16] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video, 2:13, posted by "Music Hits Inc." December 21, 2012,

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You do not need to introduce the URL with a phrase. Simply paste the video's exact URL and conclude with a period.[17] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video, 2:13, posted by "Music Hits Inc." December 21, 2012, .

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In order to cite a YouTube video in Chicago style for a bibliography, follow the above format but replace the commas after the video title, duration, and date with periods.[18] "90s Hits Compilation," YouTube video, 2:13, posted by "Music Hits Inc." December 21, 2012, .