Answered By: Jennifer Harris
Last Updated: May 12, 2017     Views: 591

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 suggests the following format (don't forget to indent the second and subsequent lines):

Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Image or Video.” Media Type
Text. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting. Medium. date retrieved.

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.


For more information about citing YouTube videos in MLA style, please visit our MLA guide or check out the resources listed below. You may also want to contact the Learning Center (UC Students) or Online Writing Center (COCE Students) for additional information about citing YouTube videos in MLA style.

Video Tutorials: MLA (2009 Ed.) Research Paper Basics (Full Playlist)

Video tutorials on MLA style are available via the Atomic Learning database. Please note: you will be asked to log in using your SNHU email username and password. 

MLA Citation Examples: 

Web Resources:

These web resources may be helpful if you need additional information about citing sources in MLA Style. However, be sure to evaluate any sources you use--the Shapiro Library cannot vouch for the accuracy of information provided on external websites.

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