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MLA Style Guide: Citing Videos

A guide to help with the MLA Citation Style.

Citing Videos

Videos can be more difficult to cite properly. Your video may be streamed from a website, viewed from an online database, or played via DVD or Blu-ray. Even with MLA's newer focus on a source's common elements rather than the medium or type of source, you may still need to adjust your citation based on the type of source you have chosen. Here is a comprehensive overview of the main ways of citing videos in both the works cited page and when doing in-text citations:

Streaming Video From a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc.) - Known Author

Last Name, First Name of video creator or Username of Creator. "Title of Video." Title of the Hosting Website, Day Month Year of Publication, URL of video. Accessed Day Month Year video was viewed.

Works Cited List Example

Sethi, Ramit. "How to Write a Winning Resume, With Ramit Sethi." YouTube, 23 June 2015, Accessed 28 June 2016.

In-Text Citation Example

(Last Name of Video Creator Start Time of Revelant Section-End Time of Section)

(Sethi 00:03:30-00:04:16)

Note: Cite the relevant hour, minute and seconds as displayed in your media player.

Streaming Video From a Library Database (Criterion, NFB Campus)

"Title of Video." Publisher/Production Company, Date. Title of Library Database, URL.

Works Cited List Example

"Making Movie History: The Women." NFB, 2014. National Film Board of Canada,

 Note: Typically films are cited without an author. 


("Words From Title")


 Note: Because videos do not have page numbers this information is left out of the in-text citation.

DVD or Film

Title of Movie. Director's Name. Performers Names. Production Company, Year of Release. 

Note: If you are writing about a film or television series without focusing on an individual's contribution, begin with the title. You can include information about the director and other key participants in the position of other contributors.

Note: Exclude the list of performers if not relevant.

Works Cited List Example

The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer. Performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benicio Del Toro. Polygram, 1995. 

In-Text Citation Example

(Title of Movie)

(The Usual Suspects)

Note: The title of the film is in italics in the in-text citation because that is how it appears in the Works Cited List Example.

Note: Because DVD's do not have page numbers this information is left out of the in-text citation.

Adapted from Columbia College - MLA Citation Guide (8th Edition) -