Answered By: Chris Sheetz
Last Updated: Apr 20, 2017     Views: 61822

This depends on which citation style you are using.  Below are examples for both MLA and APA style.

MLA: YouTube Video

Video and audio sources need to be documented using the same basic guidelines for citing print sources in MLA style. Include as much descriptive information as necessary to help readers understand the type and nature of the source you are citing. If the author’s name is the same as the uploader, only cite the author once. If the author is different from the uploaded, cite the author’s name before the title.

 “8 Hot Dog Gadgets put to the Test.” YouTube, uploaded by Crazy Russian Hacker, 6 Jun. 2016, 

McGonigal, Jane. “Gaming and Productivity.” YouTube, uploaded by Big Think, 3 July 2012,

APA: Blog (Weblog) and Video Blog Post

Include the title of the message and the URL. Please note that titles for items in online communities (e.g. blogs, newsgroups, forums) are not italicized. If the author’s name is not available, provide the screen name.

J Dean. (2008, May 7). When the self emerges: Is that me in the mirror? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from


Psychology Video Blog #3 [Video file]. Retrieved from

Comments (3)

  1. How do you cite in-text? For example usually it would be (author, 20xx). Would you put the username if it was a reposted video or the title in place of author?
    by Johnq on Feb 08, 2017.
  2. According to the Purdue OWL:

    When creating in-text citations for electronic, film, or Internet sources, remember that your citation must reference the source in your Works Cited.

    Sometimes writers are confused with how to craft parenthetical citations for electronic sources because of the absence of page numbers, but often, these sorts of entries do not require any sort of parenthetical citation at all. For electronic and Internet sources, follow the following guidelines:

    Include in the text the first item that appears in the Work Cited entry that corresponds to the citation (e.g. author name, article name, website name, film name).
    You do not need to give paragraph numbers or page numbers based on your Web browser’s print preview function.
    Unless you must list the Web site name in the signal phrase in order to get the reader to the appropriate entry, do not include URLs in-text. Only provide partial URLs such as when the name of the site includes, for example, a domain name, like or as opposed to writing out or
    by Chris Sheetz on Feb 08, 2017.
  3. nice
    by sarajohn on Apr 24, 2017.

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