Answered By: Erin McDaniel
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016     Views: 182778

MLA does not have a specific recommendation for YouTube videos, so the standard is to use the format for online film or video. Here are the basics:

Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Online video clip. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting. Web. date retrieved.

It is very common for any web resources not to have all of the info MLA would like. If any piece is unavailable, make your best effort to find it. Sometimes you have to look at other portions of the website to find the required info, and sometimes it is truly unavailable. In that case, skip it and move on to the next piece required.

You could also try using EasyBib's form for Film and online video.

  1. Start of by pasting in the URL of the video.
  2. Review the info retreived to make sure it is correct.
  3. Review the info that EasyBib says is missing and try to find it, filling each piece in the form.
  4. When done grab your citation.
  5. Note that you will need to add Online video clip after the title.

Here is an example (without the double spaced, hanging indent Times new Roman 12" formatting)

Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 9 Sept. 2010.

Comments (4)

  1. I literally got this out of a book... So this is definitely right.

    Director's Last Name, first name, dir. "Title of Video." Title of Site(italicized).Sponsor, Day Month Year of release. Medium. Day Month Year of access.

    PivotMasterDX, dir. "Deez Nuts!" Youtube. YouTube, 14 June 2008. Web. 21 June 2015
    by Nana on Oct 22, 2015.
  2. Hi Nana

    The instructions you mention are in section 5.6.2 in the MLA Guide. They are actually for films or other content that were originally in a physical format, but that can also be accessed online. For example, if you watched a classic movie that was posted on an art museum's website, the rules you mention would apply.

    The rules you mention don't apply to content posted to YouTube that was never in a physical medium. Edited clips would also follow the rules mentioned in my original post. Thank you for bringing up a point that may have confused others!
    by Erin McDaniel on Nov 03, 2015.
  3. thanks
    by annie on Jan 16, 2016.
  4. it's the same as my teacher told us to cite movies:)
    by loisy on Jan 16, 2016.

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