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MLA Guide

This guide contains information to help you cite your sources in MLA format.

Citing an Online Video

Format: Author(s). “Title of Video.” Website Title in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), uploaded by Name of User, Date of Upload, URL.


YouTube:

Example: “Biology: Cell Structure.” YouTube, uploaded by Nucleus Medical Media, 18 Mar. 2015, www.youtube.com/watch?v=URUJD5NEXC8.


Video on the Web:

Example: Raqib, Jamila. “The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance.” TED, Nov. 2015, www.ted.com/talks/jamila_raqib_the_secret_to_effective_nonviolent_resistance.


Film Online

Film Accessed on Website (i.e. Netflix, Hulu, etc.)

Format: Title of Film. Website Title in Italicsdirected by Director, Production Company (if different from the title of the website), Date of Release, URL.

*Note: You do not have to put the director first (in the author's place). You can start with the title of the film instead, or list the most relevant person, like the director or main actor (i.e. Pitt, Brad, performer.) 

*Note: You can usually omit the http:// unless needed to hyperlink.

*Note: For URLs longer than 3 lines, you can shorten the URL. Always retain the host (main website) of the URL.

Netflix:

Example: 13th. Netflix, directed by Ava Duvernay, 2016, www.netflix.com/watch/80091741?trackId=14170286&tctx=2%2C4%2Caa271db1-94f8-45e2-87f9-01242061763f-60186557%2C7d883f21-20eb-4491-b14d-96ee3fe0f12d_61579037X3XX1615468247122%2C7d883f21-20eb-4491-b14d-96ee3fe0f12d_ROOT%2C.

Hulu:

Example: Booksmart. Huludirected by Olivia Wilde, Annapurna Pictures and Gloria Sanchez Productions, 2019, www.hulu.com/movie/booksmart-032a0523-9fda-41bf-97c1-a44097b9e9fe. 


Film Accessed through Library Database

Format: Title of Film. Directed by Director, Production Company, Date of Release. Database, URL.

Note: You do not have to put the director first (in the author's place). You can start with the title of the film instead, or list the most relevant person, like the director or main actor (i.e. Pitt, Brad, performer.) 

*Note: You can usually omit the http:// unless needed to hyperlink.

*Note: For URLs longer than 3 lines, you can shorten the URL. Always retain the host (main website) of the URL.

Kanopy:

Example: Teach Us All: Segregation and Education in the United States. Directed by Sonia Lowman, Video Project, 2017. Kanopy, sccsc.kanopy.com/video/teach-us-all. 

*Note: If you skip the author, you can add important people like the director or main actor after the title (as above). For actors, you would use "Performed by" instead of "Directed by." 

Swank:

Example: The Tempest. Directed by Julie Taymor, 2010. Swank, www.digitalcampus.swankmp.net/sccsc364204/play/0B8EC62DA93C52F9.

Films on Demand:

Entire Film 

Example: Can We Save the Reef? Off the Fence, 2018. Films on Demand, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=97845&xtid=186717.

Part of Film (Segment)

*Note: When citing a segment of a film, put the name of the segment in quotation marks, followed by a period before the name of the film.

Example: "Adapting for Survival." Can We Save the Reef? Off the Fence, 2018. Films on Demand, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=97845&xtid=186717.

Television Episode

Format: "Episode Name." Name of Television Show, season #, episode #, TV Show Producer, Year. Platform, URL.

Example: "I, Borg." Star Trek: The Next Generation, season 5, episode 23, Paramount Pictures, 1992. Netflix, www.netflix.com.