How to Cite a TED Talk in APA Style | Format & Examples
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.
|APA format||Speaker last name, Initials. (Year, Month). Talk title [Video]. TED Conferences. URL|
|APA 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|
|APA 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.
|APA format||Channel name. (Year, Month Day). Talk title [Video]. YouTube. URL|
|APA reference entry||TED. (2020, November 3). The radical act of choosing common ground | Nisha Anand [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZfKdlIRqYk|
|APA 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.”
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, use a timestamp in your APA in-text citation. Just include the timestamp from the start of the part you’re citing. For example:
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