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APA Citation YouTube Video Examples

Using YouTube videos for your APA format research paper is a good way to add interesting visual content to your research. Although YouTube is the most popular video hosting service, there are others available. To format your APA 6 citations for other video hosting sites, such as Vimeo, include the site where you found your video source.

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APA Video Citation Format

For APA format, follow the basic citation style for audiovisuals, like YouTube or Vimeo videos, while creating your source citation.

Reference List Format

Author, A. A. [Screen name]. (year, month day). Title of video [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.websitename.com/full/url/

In-Text Citation Format

(author, year) or (screen name, year)

If no author or screen name is available, use the title.

YouTube Citation Examples

1. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Western Sydney University Library. (2016, February 24). Referencing online video in APA style (6th ed.). [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/I6oud9lEP3Q

(Western Sydney U. Lib., 2016)

2. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Associative Awareness Technique [AAT]. (2012, October 5). Understanding trauma: How stress and trauma cause chronic pain, anxiety, depression, & PTSD. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/byQBP7fq5vQ

(AAT, 2012)

YouTube Blog Post Citation

Girl watching a YouTube video to make an APA citation

1. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Kwan, M. (2019, July 2). Slow down. [Video blog]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/TuhR6sZKeBw

(Kwan, 2019)

2. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Blackout Digital (2015, September 26). Lynette’s Albuquerque – NYC edition. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/1HG2FCpRuV0

(Blackout, 2015)

YouTube Informational Video Citation

1. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Steinmiller, S. (2017, August 21). EMDR therapy explained. [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/dSqD3tX_Gr4

(Steinmiller, 2017)

2. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Study.com. (2013, December 31). What is psychology? [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/1Os1C000qxY

(Study, 2013)

YouTube Music Citation

1. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Wake Self ft. Ariano. (2014, Mary 28). So good. [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/Rmu6-IEfM30

(Wake Self, 2014)

2. Reference List Format / In-Text Citation

Hurricane, A. & Morrie, T. (2013, December 4). La puerta negra: Al Hurricane tribute. [Video File]. Retrieved from: https://youtu.be/DyU5_mcLpv8

(Hurricane & Morrie, 2013)

  • Use the Share button to find the URL of the video
  • Author is person who uploaded the video
  • Use the organization that published the video, if there is no author name
  • Use the exact spelling of the screen name
  • If the screen name is the same as the author, don’t include it
  • If there is no author or screen name, use the title as first element


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