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IB Theater Research: Citing Online Videos in MLA Format

Citing Online Videos

 

MLA does not have a specific recommendation for YouTube/Vimeo/Online videos, so the standard is to use the format for online film or video. Here are the basics:

Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Online video clip. Name of Website. Name of Website’s Publisher, date of posting. Web. date retrieved.

It is very common for any web resources not to have all of the info MLA would like. If any piece is unavailable, make your best effort to find it. Sometimes you have to look at other portions of the website to find the required info, and sometimes it is truly unavailable. In that case, skip it and move on to the next piece required.

You could also try using EasyBib's form for Film and online video.

  1. Start of by pasting in the URL of the video.
  2. Review the info retrieved to make sure it is correct.
  3. Review the info that EasyBib says is missing and try to find it, filling each piece in the form.
  4. When done grab your citation.
  5. Note that you will need to add Online video clip after the title.

Here is an example (without the hanging indent):

Shimabukuro, Jake. "Ukulele Weeps by Jake Shimabukuro." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 22 Apr. 2006. Web. 9 Sept. 2010.