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How to Cite YouTube in MLA Format


The video-sharing website YouTube can be cited two different ways using Modern Language Association format. The method to use depends on whether you are citing a video or a page on the site. Both ways require information about the site including the site name, page name, date published and date retrieved.

Citing a YouTube Video

For a video citation on the Works Cited page, include the video poster's name, title of the video in quotations, media type, name of website in italics, publisher name, posting date, the medium and date retrieved in the following format:

SciShow. "Why Do Leaves Change Color and Fall?" Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 7 Oct. 2014. Web. 9 Oct. 2014.

For in-text citations, simply include the poster's name and video title at the end of the sentence in parentheses. For example, "Photosynthesis turns carbon dioxide, water and light energy into sugar," (SciShow, "Why Do Leaves Change Color and Fall?").

Citing a YouTube Page

If citing a page on YouTube that is not a video, include page name, website name in italics, publisher, publishing date, medium and date retrieved in the following format:

"Creator Hub." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 9 Oct. 2014.

YouTube does not provide publishing dates for its pages so insert "n.d." instead which is an abbreviation for "no date."

For in-text citations, include the website name and page name, for example: "The official Creator Blog gives you direct access to the latest information on new programs, opportunities, and product updates," (YouTube, "Creator Hub")

About the Author

Based in Gatineau, Canada, Kat Walcott has been writing entertainment and informative articles since 2008. Her work has appeared in major publications including Her Campus, Equals6 and Uppercase. She holds an honors diploma in social science from Heritage College and is currently majoring in communication studies and minoring in sexuality studies.

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