Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: Jun 16, 2017     Views: 702

MLA style (MLA handbook for writers of research papers) does not specifically address how to cite YouTube videos. However, the Writing Center at Purdue University states that: "Video and audio sources need to be documented using the same basic guidelines for citing print sources in MLA style. Include as much descriptive information as necessary to help readers understand the type and nature of the source you are citing. If the author’s name is the same as the uploader, only cite the author once. If the author is different from the uploaded, cite the author’s name before the title."

Example of YouTube citation

“8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 June 2016, www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBlpjSEtELs.

McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012, www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkdzy9bWW3E.

More Information: 

For further help please contact the Wolak Learning Center at 603.645.9606 (UC Students) and Online Writing Center at 866.721.1662 (Online/COCE Students) for assistance with citing YouTube videos in MLA style.

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This information is intended to be a guideline, not expert advice. Please be sure to speak to your professor about the appropriate way to a YouTube video in your class assignments and projects.

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