Answered By: Larry Click
Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016     Views: 90217

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 (2)

  1. How do you do an in-text citation for this? Is it any different from citing a book? Or do I need to state the time at which my quote was said
    by Sophia on Jul 05, 2017.
  2. Hi Sophia-According to Purdue Owl you handle it differently than you would a book. You would use the creator or poster's last name (the 1st element in the Works Cited entry) and the runtime, as you stated. Go to this link and scroll down until you see the heading for Time-based media sources: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/2/
    by Erin McDaniel on Jul 06, 2017.

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