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MLA Citation Guide

Videos (VHS/DVD/Blu-Ray)

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Main Contributor*, Role. Title of Video. Other Contributors, Publisher, Date.

*Choose the main contributor based on what your research is focused on (the director, a performance, etc.).

Bibliographic Information

  • Main Contributor: Richard Linklater (director)
  • Video Title: Boyhood
  • Other Important Contributors: Patricia Arquette (actress)
  • Publishers: IFC Productions; Detour Filmproduction
  • Date: 2015

Works Cited List Entry

Linklater, Richard, director. Boyhood. Performance by Patricia Arquette, IFC Productions / Detour Filmproduction, 2015.

See pages 24 and 39 in the MLA Handbook.

Online Videos (e.g., YouTube, TED, etc.)

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Creator. "Title of Video." Website, uploaded by User, Date, URL.

Bibliographic Information

  • Creator: unknown*
    *Give a user name if you are unable to determine the actual creator of the video.
  • Video Title: Holi: India's EPIC Color Festival - Vrindivan, India
  • User: Evan Meets World
  • Upload Date: March 21, 2014
  • Container:
    • Website: YouTube
    • URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEw2YFCJmdg

Works Cited List Entry

"Holi: India's Epic Color Festival - Vrindivan, India." YouTube, uploaded by Evan Meets World, 21 Mar. 2014, www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEw2YFCJmdg.

Yellin, Dustin. "A Journey through the Mind of an Artist." TED, Oct. 2014, www.ted.com/talks/dustin_yellin_a_journey_through_the_mind_of_an_artist.

See page 33 in the MLA Handbook.

Streaming Videos (e.g., Netflix, Films on Demand)

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Main Contributor*, Role. Title of Video. Other Contributors, Publisher, Date. Website OR Database, URL.

*Choose the main contributor based on what your research is focused on (the director, a performance, etc.).

Bibliographic Information

  • Main Contributor: Bryan Magee (host)
  • Video Title: An Introduction to Philosophy
  • Other Important Contributors: Isaiah Berlin (guest)
  • Publisher: BBC
  • Date: 1976
  • Container:
    • Database Name: Films on Demand
    • URL of Video: http://fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=99198&xtid=7303

Works Cited List Entry

Magee, Bryan, host. An Introduction to Philosophy. Guest, Isaiah Berlin, BBC, 1976. Films on Demand, fod.infobase.com/PortalPlaylists.aspx?wID=99198&xtid=7303.

See pages 24, 37, and 39 in the MLA Handbook, as well as How do I cite a video from a database streaming service? [Ask the MLA]

Television Episodes

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"Title of Episode." Title of Series, created by Creators, performance by Performer, season X, episode X, Production Company, Date.

Bibliographic Information

  • Title of Episode: Person to Person
  • Title of Series: Mad Men
  • Creator(s): Matthew Weiner
  • Performer (if applicable): Jon Hamm
  • Season: 7
  • Episode: 14
  • Production Company: Weiner Bros.
  • Date: 2015

Works Cited List Entry

"Person to Person." Mad Men, created by Matthew Weiner, performance by Jon Hamm, season 7, episode 14, Weiner Bros., 2015.

If you are focusing on a particular role, such as Jon Hamm's performance, you may place that person as the main contributor:

Hamm, Jon, performer. "Person to Person." Mad Men, created by Matthew Weiner, season 7, episode 14, Weiner Bros., 2015.

See pages 24 and 28 in the MLA Handbook.

Interviews

Template for Video Interview

Interviewee. "Title of Interview." Interview by Interviewer. Website, uploaded by User, Date, URL.

Template for In-Person Interview

Interviewee. Interview. By Interviewer. Date.

Bibliographic Information

  • Interviewee: Malala Yousafzai
  • Title of Interview: Diane Sawyer Sits Down With the Inspirational Malala Yousafzai
  • Interviewer: Diane Sawyer
  • Container:
    • Title of Website: YouTube
    • User: ABC News
    • Date: October 7, 2013
    • URL: https://youtu.be/ev-jPT5M9cU

Works Cited List Entry

Yousafzai, Malala. "Diane Sawyer Sits Down With the Inspirational Malala Yousafzai." Interview by Diane Sawyer. YouTube, uploaded by ABC News, 13 Oct. 2013, youtu.be/ev-jPT5M9cU.

See How do I document an interview in MLA style? [Ask the MLA]

Music Recordings

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Artist. "Title of Song." Album Title, Label, Date, URL.

Bibliographic Information

  • Artist: U2
  • Title of Song: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
  • Container:
    • Album Title: The Joshua Tree
    • Label: UMGRI Interscope
    • Date: 1987
    • URL: http://www.u2.com/music/Albums/4007/The+Joshua+Tree

Works Cited List Entry

U2. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." The Joshua Tree, UMGRI Interscope, 1987, www.u2.com/music/Albums/4007/The+Joshua+Tree.

See page 28 in the MLA Handbook. See also How would I cite stand-alone MP3 or WAV files sent to me from the artists or producers who created them? [Ask the MLA]

Musical Scores

Print Score Template

Artist. "Title of Music." Title of Book, edited by Editors, Edition, Volume, Publisher, Date, pp. X-X.

Online Score Template

Artist. "Title of Music." Website, Publisher, Date, URL.

Bibliographic Information

  • Artist: Frédéric Chopin
  • Music Title: Barcarolle, Op. 60
  • Container:
    • Website: MusOpen
    • Publisher: none
    • Date: no date given
    • URL: https://musopen.org/sheetmusic/84/frederic-chopin/barcarolle-op-60/

Works Cited List Entry

Chopin, Frédéric. "Barcarolle, Op. 60." MusOpen, musopen.org/sheetmusic/84/frederic-chopin/barcarolle-op-60/.

Created using elements from the MLA Handbook.

Podcasts

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Host. "Episode Title." Title of Podcast, episode X, Publisher, Date, URL.

Bibliographic Information

  • Host(s): Shankar Vedantam
  • Episode Title: Tunnel Vision
  • Podcast Title: Hidden Brain
  • Episode Number: 65
  • Publisher/Sponsor: NPR
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2017
  • URL: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=520136937

Works Cited List Entry

Vedantam, Shankar, host. "Tunnel Vision." Hidden Brain, episode 65, NPR, 20 Mar. 2017, www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=520136937.

See How do I cite an episode of a podcast? [Ask the MLA}