How to cite a TED Talk in APA Style

To cite a TED Talk in APA Style, the format differs slightly depending on whether you viewed it on TED’s website or on YouTube.

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.

In-text citation with timestamp
(Sivaram, 2020, 1:04)

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.”

Specifying the speaker in the text
Justice reform advocate Nisha Anand opens her talk with the story of her family’s experiences during the Partition of India (TED, 2020, 1:59).

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Frequently asked questions about APA Style citations

How do I cite a quote from a video or audio source in APA Style?

When you need to highlight a specific moment in a video or audio source, APA Style recommends using a timestamp in your in-text citation. Just include the timestamp from the start of the part you’re citing. For example:

(TED, 2020, 1:59).
Whom should I list as the author of a YouTube video in APA Style?

To make it easy for the reader to find the YouTube video, in APA Style you list the person or organization who uploaded the video as the author in your reference entry and in-text citation.

If this isn’t the same person responsible for the content of the video, you might want to make this clear in the text. For example:

Nisha Anand (TED, 2020) states that …

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December 7, 2020 at 1:35 PM

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