How to cite a YouTube video in MLA

YouTube videos can be a great source of information. The guidelines for citing a YouTube video in MLA are similar to those of other sources. The citation format below can also be used for other video platforms, such as Vimeo.

MLA YouTube citation
FormatCreator first name last name. “Title of Video.” YouTube, uploaded by Uploader Name, date of publication, URL (omit https://).
Works Cited listKen Robinson. “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” YouTube, uploaded by TED, 6 Jan. 2007, www.youtube.com/watch?v=iG9CE55wbtY.
In-text citation(Robinson 00:14-01:35)

Notes:

  • Do not copy the capitalization as it appears on YouTube. Instead, follow standard MLA rules for the capitalization of titles.
  • Omit the creator’s name if it’s the same as the uploader and begin with the video title.
  • There are different rules for citing a whole movie that has been uploaded to YouTube. Read our guide on how to cite a movie in MLA.

Locating information for MLA YouTube citation

Finding the information needed to cite a YouTube video in MLA is easy. The necessary information is highlighted in the image below.

How to cite a YouTube video

YouTube video with the same creator and uploader

For YouTube videos where the creator is also the uploader, only include the name of the uploader once. Begin the citation with the title, enclosed in quotation marks. Shorten the video title in the MLA in-text citation.

Works Cited list“First Look Inside Notre-Dame after Fire.” YouTube, uploaded by BBC News, 16 Apr. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zpw_KAEhDY.
In-text citationThe first images of the damage to the iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site emerged the day after the blaze began (“Notre-Dame after Fire”).

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Citing a YouTube channel

When citing a YouTube channel, treat the name of the channel as the title of the work and enclose it in quotation marks. Italicize “YouTube” and, if it is available, include the date the channel was started in the Works Cited list.

Works Cited list“BBC News.” YouTube, 7 Apr. 2006, www.youtube.com/user/bbcnews/.
In-text citationAs of April 2019, the BBC News channel on YouTube counts more than one billion views (“BBC News”).

Citing a specific fragment using timestamps

If you wish to refer to an exact time or time frame within a video, you can include the timestamp in your in-text citation. Only include it if you have directly quoted someone or you want to highlight a particular section of a video.

Works Cited list“My Australia: Koryom Nyuon.” YouTube, uploaded by SBS News, 1 Apr. 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=7C2PevCgQQM.
In-text citationThe backgrounds of Australian citizens are so diverse that some new immigrants are exposed to cultures they may not have expected upon arrival (“My Australia: Koryom Nyuon” 00:14-00:35).

For more instructions on and examples of the MLA citation style, read our full guide to MLA Citation Style. You can also use Scribbr’s free MLA citation generator to create Works Cited lists and in-text citations.

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