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Video Sources

When citing film and other media, use the citation form for the format in which you watched the work being cited. In other words, if you watched a film on DVD or VHS, cite it, as a DVD or VHS (not the film original). If you are citing a trailer for a theatrical movie that you watched on the internet, use the citation format for online resource. If you saw a movie in the theater, use citation format for film.

Your APA citation for a video contains the following elements in this order. 

  • Producer's Last Name, First Initial (Producer) &
  • Director's Last Name, First Initial (Director)
  • (Year)
  • Title [Format: e.g. DVD, VHS, video file, etc.)
  • Country:
  • Studio
  • Available from URL.

Examples:

YouTube video:   Shimabukuro, J. (2006, April 22). Ukulele weeps [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k

DVD:   Spielberg, S., Royce, I., Gordon, M., & Levinson, G. (Producers), & Spielberg, S. (Director). (2004). Saving Private Ryan [DVD]. United States: Universal.

Online Trailer:  Lucasfilm, Ltd. "Star Wars Trailer." 05 November 1999. Online video clip. Star Wars Official Site. Accessed on 02 April 2008. http://starwars.com/episode-i/news/trailer/

Audio Sources

To cite a music recording, provide the following information in this order.

  • Composer Last Name, First Initial.
  • (Year)
  • Composition title.
  • [Recorded by Artist].
  • On Title of Recording.
  • [Format]
  • City:
  • Label.
  • Retrieved from Database Name or URL

Namahoe, C. (1929). Le Nani [Recorded by G. Keawe]. On Hana hou! Vol. 1 [CD]. Honolulu: Hula Records.

Maddeford, L. (2006, January 28). Russian roulette [Audio file]. Retrieved from Music Alley database.

Steve Porter. (1908) Christmas morning at Clancy’s. Victor 16936, 10” LP. Camden: NJ. Retrieved from National Jukebox, Library of Congress (http://www.loc.gov/jukebox/recordings/detail/id/1532/autoplay/true/