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APA Video Citation Examples

Do you want to add a personal touch to your research paper? Videos are a great way to do this but might be intimidating to cite. However, APA video citations aren’t as hard as you think. Get the ins and outs for making an APA video citation easily.

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APA Basic Format

Adding video examples to your research paper helps you add visual elements for your readers. Films, movies, presentations and instructional videos are available online and on DVDs or Blu-ray discs. Popular movie themes deal with the difficulties people with psychiatric disorders, addictions or physical disabilities struggle with every day. If you’re writing a paper on addiction, reviewing a video on a mother losing her children through drug addiction adds a powerful, personal touch to your research argument.

Now that they’ve added a personal touch, it’s time to cite that video. Make APA video citations a breeze by following the basic format for a  video source APA citation:

Director, A. (Director). (Year). Title of video: Subtitle [Format]. Publisher. URL

Format – In-Text Quotation for Video

(Screen name, year, time of quoted material within video)

Format – In-Text Paraphrase

(Screen name, year)

Example Citation for Video

Movies English & Arabic. (Director). (2019). The upside [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/T04PnAOuEWs

In-Text Quotation

(Movies English & Arabic, 2019, 12:01)

In-Text Paraphrase

(Movies English & Arabic, 2019)

Video Documentary Citation Format

Follow the examples below for how you should format a citation when referencing a video documentary.

Example 1 – Citation for Video Documentary

Klean Media Network. (Director). (2017). Coming KLEAN: Stories of overcoming addiction [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/bfrJiRFvGOU

Example 1 – In-Text Quotation

(Klean, 2017, 14:04)

Example 1 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Klean, 2017)

Example 2 – Citation for Video Documentary

ShaneReinert. (Producer). (2016). Addiction: Christopher Hodges’s story [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/fL_EA0mC2q4

Example 2 – In-Text Quotation

(ShaneReinert, 2016, 9:43)

Example 2 – In-Text Paraphrase

(ShaneReinert, 2016)

Videos on DVD Citation Format

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Citing a video you watched on DVD follows a similar format as the above examples.

Director, A. (Director). (Year). Title of video: Subtitle [Film]. Publisher. URL

Example 1 – Citation for Video on DVD

Amen, D.G. (Director).  (2008). Change your brain, change your life [Film]. MindPerk. http://www.mindperk.com/products/change-your-brain-change-your-life-dvd/

Example 1 – In-Text Quotation

(Amen, 2008, 13:45)

Example 1 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Amen, 2008)

Example 2 – Citation for Video on DVD 

Anfinson, S. (Director). (2017). Next door neighbors: Belonging [Film]. PBS. https://shop.pbs.org/next-door-neighbors-belonging-dvd/product/NNBL401

Example 2 – In-Text Quotation

(Anfinson, 2017, 23:15)

Example 2 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Anfinson, 2017)

Video Short Films

Short films can also be a great source for your research paper. Refer to these examples for how to cite them.

Example 1 – Citation for Video Short Film

Agin, Nathan. (Director). (2018). Dear depressed me: Mental health short film [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/RVPHX6Ie-9Q

Example 1 – In-Text Quotation

(Agin, 2018, 5:42)

Example 1 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Agin, 2018)

Example 2 – Citation for Video Short Film

Melmulc Films. (Director). (2015). Silent: Mental health short film [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/-6SwqSiBmX8

Example 2 – In-Text Quotation

(Melmulc, 2015, 2:10)

Example 2 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Melmulc, 2015)

Video Blog Post

Follow this format for citing a video blog post, like what you might find on YouTube. Place the screen name in the author section, if needed.

Author, A. (Year, Month Day). Title of video: Subtitle of video [Video File]. Publisher. http://www.xxxxxx

Example 1 Citation for Video Blog Post

Ashley Nichole. (2017, May 21). How to vlog: How to be a vlogger [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/0aWvkw8Wqps

Example 1 – In-Text Quotation

(Ashley Nichole, 2017, 3:21)

Example 1 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Ashley Nichole, 2017)

Example 2 – Citation for Video Blog Post

Psych2Go. (2015, July 5). How to help someone with depression [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/0IDZ3AChlcM

Example 2 – In-Text Quotation

(Psych2Go, 2015, 4:23)

Example 2 – In-Text Paraphrase

(Psych2Go, 2015)

Notes:
  • Use the screen name for online videos.
  • Use the date uploaded by the user.
  • Include the URL, if available.
  • Indicate the format type.
  • Cite the time code, if using an exact quote.

 

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