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How to Cite President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Speech

President Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States of America will be remembered as one of the most watched and talked about events of the year. Students, researchers, and reporters will be analyzing his speech to use in their assignments, papers, and articles. Wondering how to cite Donald Trump’s inauguration speech, or any of his addresses? Use the following guidelines.

How to Cite a Transcript of President Trump’s Speech:

The full transcript of Trump’s inauguration speech can be found on numerous websites. We used the transcript found on CNN.

In order to cite the online speech transcript, locate the following pieces of information:

  1. The speaker’s name
  2. Title of the article or individual page
  3. Title of the website
  4. Name of the publisher
  5. Date that the resource was published
  6. The URL (remove http:// or https:// from the citation)

Use the following structure to cite an online transcript in MLA 8:

Speaker’s Last name, First name. “Title of the Article or Individual Page.” Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher, Date the resource was published, URL.

The above transcript of Trump’s inauguration speech is cited like this in MLA 8:

Trump, Donald. “Inaugural Address: Trump’s Full Speech.” CNN, Turner Broadcasting System, 20 Jan. 2017, www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-inaugural-address/index.html.

How to Cite a Video Recording of the Speech

The New York Times posted the video of Trump’s inauguration speech in its entirety.

In order to cite a video recording of the speech, locate the following pieces of information:

  1. The speaker’s name
  2. Title of the video
  3. Title of the website
  4. Name of the publisher
  5. Date that the video was uploaded
  6. The URL or direct link to the video (remove http:// or https:// from the citation)

Use the following structure to cite the video in MLA 8:

Last name, First name. “Title of the Video.” Title of the Website, Name of the Publisher, Date the resource was published, URL.

The video of Trump’s inauguration speech would be cited like this in MLA 8:

Trump, Donald. “Trump’s Full Inauguration Speech 2017.” The New York Times, 20 Jan. 2017, www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000004863342/donald-trump-full-inaugural-address-2017.html.

*Note that the publisher of the video, The New York Times Company, was omitted from the citation since the name of the publisher is the same as the name of the website.

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Photo Source: “Donald Trump at Aston, PA September 13th” by Michael Vadon. Licensed under CC BY 2.0. Original image was cropped.


 

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