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Streaming Media: Citing a Streaming Video

Streaming databases available through College Libraries, including streaming film and streaming audio, and how to use streaming media resources.

General Citing Tips

Do not rely on the "citation" button that appears in most of these databases.  It is usually incorrect.  The tricky thing about siting online sources (in any style) is that the content in the citatiion may change depending on how much information you have and whether you are citing the title or a particular contributor.

It is best to consult the official manual of the citation style you are using to be certain of the correct citation format. 

MLA & APA

Remember that this page is a general guide only. You should always consult the manual of the citation style you are using for verification.


MLA

Movie Title.  Dir. director's name. Studiio or Distributor, Year. Name of database. Web. Date of access.

Scotland. Dir. Paul King. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 2008. VAST: Academic Video Online. Web. 6 May 2014.

Generally you begin the citation with the title of the video.  But, if you are citing the contributions of a particular individual, begin with that person;s name.

King, Paul, dir. Scotland.  British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), 2008. VAST: Academic Video Online. Web. 6 May 2014.

 Adapted in part from Univ of Alberta MLA citation Style library guide.

See also:

Citing Media Resources from Purdue OWL
EasyBib: Citing Film/Online

APA

Producer name (Producer). (Year published). Title [Streaming Video].  Retrieved from resource database.

King, P. (Producer). (2008). Scotland [Streaming Video]. Retrieved from Academic Video Online database.

Ashok Prasad (Producer). (2013). India: A dangerous place to be a woman. [Streaming Video]. Retrieved from Films on Demand database.


See also:

APA Style Blog Video Tutorial
APA Style Gude from Purdue OWL
EasyBib: Citing Film/Online

 

Citing Streaming Video

All citation styles give Author, Date, Title, and Source. The difference among styles is in  the order, manner and detail displayed.  Examples of the two most common citation styes - MLA and APA - are given in the  adjacent box.  However, always consult the manual of the citation style you are using.  If you need additional help, please contact a librarian or your professor.

Some additional online resources are listed below.