The MLA video citation was developed by the Modern Language Association (MLA), as the standardized editorial style used in writing research papers to cite video sources such as motion pictures, film, movies, VHS or DVD, video clips and other audiovisual formats.
To cite a video or video clip using the MLA citation, you first need to give facts about the video, including the title of the video (in italics), followed by the full name of the director or producer (if available), the name of the production company or studio, the distributor, the date of release, and the digital distributor (if provided). Additionally, you need to include at least two names of the main performers, actors or characters in the video after the abbreviation “Perf.” This MLA video citation entry is ended by identifying the medium of publication, for example: VHS, DVD, YouTube clip, Bluray.
Below are some generic examples of MLA video citations:
For a film, movie or motion picture:
Titanic. Dir. James Cameron. Perf. Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, 1997. Film.
For a non-fiction video, DVD or documentary:
Ayn Rand: A Sense of Life. Dir. Michael Paxton. Perf. Ayn Rand and Frank O’Connor. AG Media Corporation Ltd. 1997. Film.
As shown in the examples, MLA video citations only consist of relevant elements such as the title of the video, the name of the video director or producer, the main actors or performers, the studio, the year of video’s release, and the video format.
Remember to list your MLA citations alphabetically by author in your MLA reference list or works cited page, and to follow the prescribed page format. Should you require any further assistance in formatting your MLA video citations and references, you are welcome to use our works cited generator. When using our utility make sure that all required data is entered correctly in order for our program to generate your MLA citations accurately.