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MLA Citation Guide (MLA 8th Edition): Videos & DVDs


Who to Credit - DVD or Film

Many people can be involved in the production of a video and not all need to be listed in the citation. Typically the director, producer and/or writer are the names that are used. To clarify what role the person has in the production, their job title such as Director is put after their name in round brackets if the job title is known.

Who to Credit - Streaming Video from a Website

For videos from websites such as YouTube or Vimeo, credit the person who posted the content. If a real name is provided, use it. If the real name of the person who posted the content is not known, use their user name.

Streaming Video from a Website (YouTube, Vimeo, Hulu, etc.)


Last Name, First Name of video creator or Username of Creator. "Title of Video." Title of the Hosting Website, Day Month Year of Publication, URL of video.


SethiRamit. "How to Write a Winning Resume, With Ramit Sethi." YouTube, 23 June 2015,

Television Series Episode


"Title of Episode." Title of TV Series. Contributors Name(s), Season, Episode,  Production Company, Year of Release. 


"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry." Friends, created by Marta Kauffman, performance by Matthew Perry, season 6, episode 14, Warner Brothers, 2004. 

 Note: If the episode has many contributors, include the ones most relevant to your project. i.e. if you are writing about an episode that focuses on a key character, you might mention the series creator and the actor who portrays the character.

 Note: Seasons of a television series are usually numbered in sequence, as are the episodes. Both numbers should be included in the works cited list if available

Streaming Video From a Library Database (Films on Demand, SeneMA, etc.)


"Title of Video." Publisher/Production Company, Date. Title of Library Database. 


"Secret Life of Twins." BBC, 2015. Films on Demand,

 Note: Typically films are cited without an author.

DVD or Film


Title of Movie. Director's Name. Performers Names. Production Company, Year of Release. 


The Usual Suspects. Directed by Bryan Singer. Performances by Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri, Stephen Baldwin, and Benicio Del Toro. Polygram, 1995. 

 Note: If you are writing about a film or television series without focusing on an individual's contribution, begin with the title. You can include information about the director and other key participants in the position of other contributors.

 Note: Exclude the list of performers if not relevant