How to cite a TED Talk in APA Style
To cite a TED Talk from the TED site, list the speaker as author, give the date listed on the site, include “Video” in square brackets after the title, list the publisher as “TED Conferences,” and give the URL.
|Format||Speaker last name, Initials. (Year, Month). Talk title [Video]. TED Conferences. URL|
|Reference entry||Sivaram, V. (2020, October). India’s historic opportunity to industrialize using clean energy [Video]. TED Conferences. https://www.ted.com/talks/varun_sivaram_india_s_historic_opportunity_to_industrialize_using_clean_energy|
|In-text citation||(Sivaram, 2020)|
Citing a TED Talk viewed on YouTube
If you viewed the TED Talk on YouTube, the format differs slightly. The uploader (usually TED) is listed as author, the date given is when the video was uploaded to YouTube, and YouTube is listed as the publisher.
|Format||Channel name. (Year, Month Day). Talk title [Video]. YouTube. URL|
|Reference entry||TED. (2020, November 3). The radical act of choosing common ground | Nisha Anand [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfKdlIRqYk|
|In-text citation||(TED, 2020)|
APA in-text citations for TED Talks
Timestamps are used in place of page numbers when you need your in-text citation to identify a specific moment in the talk—for example, when you quote something the speaker said.
When your in-text citation doesn’t include the name of the speaker (i.e. when you cite from YouTube), it’s generally useful to name the speaker in the text, so that you’re not just referring to “TED.”