How to Cite a YouTube Video in APA

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While doing research for a paper, you may find relevant YouTube videos that you want to cite. You may already know how to cite a website, but it can be difficult to know how to cite YouTube APA style. You may also want to cite quotes within the video, user comments, or entire YouTube accounts.

This page contains everything you need to know to cite any sort of YouTube video content in APA style, both within your paper and on your reference page.

Who is the author?

Citing a YouTube Video in APA

Basic YouTube Video Citation Structure

Reference Page
Structure

Uploader Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. [Screen name]. (Year, Month Day). Title of the video [Video]. Name of website. URL

 

Cite your source

In-text citation
Structure

(Uploader Last Name OR Screen name, Year)

 Cite your source

 


Video With Creator’s Real Name and Screen Name

Reference Page
Example

Bissett, Ariel. [Ariel Bissett]. (2016, May 28). Some thoughts on The Catcher in the Rye [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRj4R0hgi8w

 

Cite your source

In-text citation
Example

(Bissett, 2016)

Cite your source

 


Video Without Uploader’s Real Name OR Video by an Organization

If only the screen name is available, you put the screen name first in the citation and omit the “[Screen name]” part of the citation.

Reference Page
Example

Chegg. (2018, November 15). How to cite quotes to avoid plagiarism [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4gmmme8HjQ

View Screenshot | Cite your source

In-text citation
Example

(Chegg, 2018)

View Screenshot | Cite your source


Citing a YouTube Channel

Now that you know how to cite YouTube APA style, you may need more specific information on citing YouTube channels, quotes, or comments.

 

Reference Page
Structure

YouTube Channel Uploader’s Last Name, First Initial OR Screen name. (n.d.) Home [YouTube Channel]. URL of YouTube channel

Cite your source

In-text citation
Structure

(YouTube Channel Uploader’s Last Name OR Screen name, n.d.)

  Cite your source

 


Citing a Direct Quote from a Video

You may want to include a direct quote from a YouTube video within your paper. While your reference page citation for the quote will be the same as a citation for the whole video, your in-text citation will need a timestamp to help readers easily access the quote (Publication manual, p. 274). It is commonly accepted to only include a timestamp for the beginning of the quote, but you may use a timestamp range if you think it would be helpful.

Reference Page
Structure

Uploader’s Last Name, First Initial. Middle Initial. [Screen name]. (Year, Month Day). Title of the video [Video]. Name of website. URL

Cite your source

In-text citation
Structure

(Author/Creator Last Name OR screen name, Year, Timestamp 0:00)

  Cite your source

 


Citing a Comment on a YouTube Video

While researching your topic, you may find that you want to include a comment left on a YouTube video. You will need to cite the comment itself rather than the YouTube video. The format for citing a YouTube comment is similar to citing a YouTube video, with a few key differences.

Reference Page
Structure

Commentor’s Last Name, First Initial. OR Commenter’s Username. (Year, Month Day). Title of comment OR up to the first 20 words of the comment. [Comment on the video “Title of video”]. YouTube. URL of YouTube video

Cite your source

In-text citation
Structure

(Commentor’s Last Name OR Username, Year)

  Cite your source

 


A Note on APA 7th Edition

The 7th edition of the APA Manual came out in 2020, replacing the 6th edition that came out in 2009. There are a few changes in the newest manual that apply when you need to cite YouTube video APA style.


References

American Psychological Association (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10/1037/0000165-000


Published July 21, 2014. Updated April 16, 2020.

Written and edited by Michele Kirschenbaum and Elise Barbeau. Michele Kirschenbaum is a school library media specialist and the in-house librarian at EasyBib.com. Elise Barbeau is the Citation Specialist at Chegg. She has worked in digital marketing, libraries, and publishing.


 

 

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