APA: YouTube Videos

How to Cite YouTube Videos

Last week I was asked how to cite a YouTube video. It’s pretty easy really but there are some little tricks.

Reference Lists

  • First, look for the person or entity that made the video, in this example it’s Bank Street College.
  • Also look for when the video was posted (not the day you viewed it), so that would be (2011, November 7). And, yes do place the date in parentheses.

  • Next, copy the title of the video using sentence case: “Jeannie Crowley on children & technology.” OK, so here’s one of the little tricks; DON’T italicize the title.
  • Next step type Video file in square brackets, e.g.,  [Video file].
  • Finally, write Retrieved from and then cut and paste the video’s link (and there’s no need to place a period at the end of the hyperlink). Altogether this is what your citation should look like:
Bank Street College. (2011, November 7). Jeannie Crowley on children & technology [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/user/bankstreetnyc#p/u/1/x6Hi_SSxulY

For that final touch try adding a hanging indent.

In-text Citations

  • The first in-text citation should be Bank Street College (2011),…
  • Then use (Bank Street College, 2011).

Reference librarian at Bank Street College Library.

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