How to Cite a Video in APA Format: An Easy Tutorial!

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Jun 03, 2020 21:19 PM

In this modern time, the source of our knowledge is abundant. If 20 years ago people mostly gain knowledge from teachers and books only, now we can get them from many sources such as tweets, podcasts, videos, movies, news portal on our smartphone, and many more.

Thanks to the advancement of technology and access to the devices itself, information can be easily accessed as well. As an academic, you will wonder how to cite resources properly. We were mostly told in the school of how to cite resources from books in an orderly manner.

There are also many citation types that can be used. But, there are three major citation styles used in academic writing. They are Modern Language Association (MLA), American Psychological Association (APA), and Chicago. Each type of these citation method has different orders of what you need to write for citing a source.

So, how to cite those modern sources in our academic writing? In this article, Tripboba will guide you on how to cite a Video in APA format. This is because there are many seminars, educational videos, and speeches in video form that needs to be cited by students.

With this tutorial, hopefully, you can cite the video that you use as a reference for your writing to avoid plagiarism. Scroll down to find out how to cite a video in APA!

1. How to cite a video in APA: what you need to collect

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You may find your resource from a video on YouTube or other video-posting websites. There is no difference in citing a video in APA format if you’ve got the video from different video platforms. Here is what you need to collect in order to cite a video:

- The real name of the person who posted the video (the uploader).

- The screen (display) name of the person who posted the video (the uploader).

- The upload date of the video (year, month, and day).

- Title of the video.

- Link of the video.

There are cases where you can’t find the real name of the video’s uploader. If that happens to you, you can try to contact the account first (youtube has a messaging feature in it). 


In case you don’t get any reply, you can skip the real name of the uploader. The format for citing a video with a real name and only display name will be a bit different, but we will address those down below.

2. How to cite a video in APA if there is the real name of the uploader

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If you have the real name of the video’s uploader, then you're good to go! Your citation will be more detailed. Here is the format for the citation:
 
Last name, First name. [Screen name]. (year, month day). Title of the video [Video file]. Retrieved from [URL]
 
Here’s an example:
Noah, Trevor. [Trevor Noah]. (2019, July 26). “Being Black in America” - Trevor Noah – (African American) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXje3oJ8T8o
 
For the In-text citation, here’s how to cite a video in APA:
(Screen name, year, time of quoted material within video e.g. 2:50)
 
From the example above, here’s the example for the in-text citation:
(Trevor Noah, 2019, 3:00)
 

3. How to cite a video in APA if there is only have the screen name

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If you only have the screen name of the uploader, you can omit the last and first name of the uploader and write the screen name. You should also omit the brackets on the screen name, so it goes like this:
 
Trevor Noah, (2019, July 26). “Being Black in America” - Trevor Noah – (African American) [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXje3oJ8T8o
 
The in-text citation will be the same as if you have the uploader’s real name as you only will use the screen name.
 

4. How to cite a video in APA format: what to keep in mind

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There are some rules that you should keep in mind when citing a video with APA format. First, the screen name should follow the capitalization that appears on YouTube. So, if the screen name says “trevor noah” without any capitalized letter, then you should write exactly like it.
 
Secondly, the URLs should link to the source. That being said, the link should appear in blue in text and can direct the clicker to the video.
 
That’s all about how to cite a video in APA style! Hopefully, our tutorial is clear enough for you to understand and you can follow it. Good luck with your academic writing!

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