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APA Guide

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

Citing an Online Video (APA)

Format Author(s). (Year, Month Day). Title of video. [Video]. Website Name. URL

Example: Green, B. (2015, March 18). Biology: Cell structure [Video]. YouTube. 

Example: Smith, M. [Grammar Guru]. (2020, March 8). Comma mistakes [Video]. Vimeo. 

Group Author: University of Chicago [UofChicago]. (2020, January 15). New research update from department of nursing [Video]. YouTube. 

Helpful Information


For the video title, capitalize only proper nouns and the first word of the article title and subtitle. Also italicize the video title.

For the website name, capitalize all the significant words in the title. Do not use italics or quotation marks.


The person or group who uploaded the video is credited as the author.  

Usernames can be included in place of author’s real name if real name is not known. If both real name and username are known, include both with username listed second, in brackets.  


It is not necessary to specify how you watched a video (e.g., streaming on iTunes etc.), but the format or other descriptive information may be included in brackets following the title. Example: How to diagram a sentence [Video]


Present URL’s as hyperlinks beginning with http:// or https:// taking the reader directly to the source.


Double space entries. If an entry runs more than one line, use a hanging indent to indent any additional lines beyond the first.

Capitalize proper nouns and the first words of title and subtitle.

Acceptable abbreviations can be found on pp. 306-7 of the APA manual.

If what you are citing is not listed in APA manual, choose the example in the manual most like your source.