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MLA Style: Basics

This guide is intended to help you cite sources in MLA style, avoid plagiarism, learn what MLA style is and includes, find examples of MLA style, lead you to campus resources that can help you cite sources in MLA, and more.

Film & YouTube


YouTube 

General Format:

"Title of Video." YouTube, uploaded by Username, Date, URL (without the http://).

OR

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName. "Title of Video." YouTube, uploaded by Username, Date, URL (without the http://).

For Example:

"Find Databases." YouTube, uploaded by shapirolibrary, 19 July 2016, youtu.be/P1S81uqfYDc.

See note ¹

 

Film

General Format:

Title of Film. Directed by FirstName LastName, performances by FirstName LastName, FirstName LastName, and FirstName LastName, Film Studio, Year.

OR

LastName, FirstName, director. Title of Film. Film Studio, Year.

OR

LastName, FirstName, director. Title of Film. Year of Original Release. Performance by FirstName LastName, director's cut, Film Studio, Year.

OR

LastName, FirstName, performer. Title of Film. Film Studio, Year.

For Example:

Jackson, Peter, director. The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King. 2003. Performances by Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Viggo Mortensen, director's cut, New Line Cinema, 2004.

OR

Watson, Emma, performer. Beauty and the Beast. Walt Disney Pictures, 2017. 

OR

Casablanca. Directed by Michael Curtiz, performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Paul Henreid. Warner Bros., 1942.

See note ²

 

¹ The MLA Handbook addresses YouTube videos on page 44.. The MLA Style webpage also has a great overview of the topic and can be accessed here: How do I cite an online video?

² â€‹According to the MLA Handbook 8th edition, if you are focusing on a performer or the ideas of the writer you would begin the citation with their name. However if you are not focusing on a performer or other contributor you would begin the citation with the title and you can include information about a director, performer, and other key contributors.  See page 24 of the handbook for more information. You can also include information about the version of the film (e.g. director's cut).  See page 39 of the handbook for more information.