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