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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.


Example: “Biology: Cell Structure.” YouTube, uploaded by Nucleus Medical Media, 18 Mar. 2015,

Video on the Web:

Example: Raqib, Jamila. “The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance.” TED, Nov. 2015,

Film Online

Format: Title of Film. Directed by Director, Website Title in Italics, Website Publisher (if different than title), 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.) 


Example: Duvernay, Ava, director. 13thNetflix, 2016,


Example: Teach Us All: Segregation and Education in the United States. Directed by Sonia Lowman, Kanopy, 2017, 

*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." 


Example: The Tempest. Directed by Julie Taymor, Swank, 2010,

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,