Citing YouTube videos

Aside from the cat videos, beauty vlogs and viral challenges, YouTube is a powerful source of knowledge and numerous universities, research centers, think tanks and educators have created channels and regularly produce and distribute great content.

To cite a YouTube video, it is important you collect the following:

    1. Author
    2. Year, month and day of publication
    3. Video title
    4. URL

Based on the APA style guide, we recommend you use the following structure.

APA YouTube video citation format:

Last name, initial. (Year, month and day). Video Title [YouTube] Available at: URL

Examples:

  • CNN Business. (2018, January 24). These are the most confusing questions Congress asked Zuckerberg [YouTube]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHckZCxdRkA
  • Stanford. (2020, July 24). Drone copter to take flight for first time on Mars [YouTube]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtAWNeVrnck
  • World Economic Forum. (2019, November 3). Innovation Skills and the Future of Jobs [YouTube]. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgI_z3ttFWs