How to cite a TED Talk in MLA
In an in-text citation, you can use a timestamp to highlight a specific quote where necessary.
|Format||Speaker last name, First name. “Talk Title.” TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, Month Year, URL.|
|Works Cited entry||Jacobs, A. J. “The Life Cycle of a Cup of Coffee.” TED: Ideas Worth Spreading, Jan. 2021, https://www.ted.com/talks/a_j_jacobs_the_life_cycle_of_a_cup_of_coffee.|
|In-text citation||(Jacobs 3:15)|
Citing a TED Talk from YouTube
If you’re citing the TED Talk not from their site but from YouTube, the format differs slightly. You should still list the speaker in the author position, but also list the uploader (usually “TED” or “TEDx Talks”) and give the full upload date, since it’s available on YouTube.
|Format||Speaker last name, First name. “Video Title.” YouTube, uploaded by TED or TEDx Talks, Day Month Year, URL.|
|Works Cited entry||Bailey, Chris. “How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey | TEDxManchester.” YouTube, uploaded by TEDx Talks, 5 Apr. 2019, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hu4Yvq-g7_Y.|
|In-text citation||(Bailey 12:15)|
Frequently asked questions about MLA citations
- Are titles capitalized in MLA?