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MLA 8th Edition Citation Style Guide: Citing Media

This style guide will help you cite the most common types of materials required in research projects and papers.

Online Video, Podcast, or Social Media

Use the format below to cite images you access online. If you cannot find all of the information, fill in as much as you can.

Online videos

Arc of Light: Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss. Black Opal Productions, 2012. Films on Demand

#GradSchool101 - Personal Statements and Recommendations. Idealist, 3 Sept. 2013. YouTube,


Desai, Mihir. “Why Finance Needs More Humanity, and Why Humanity Needs Finance.” HBR IdeaCast, Harvard Business  Review, 1 June 2017,

Blog post or Discussion Board

Gasteiger, Daniel. "As Gardening Season Ends." Your Small Kitchen Garden.  8 Oct 2016.

E-mail / Personal Communication
Larrabee, Stan. "Re: Thoughts on Urban Blight." Received by Maxine Johnston, 2 May 2013.

@pewresearch. "Wikipedia at 15. Millions of Readers in Scores of Languages." Twitter, 13 Jan. 2016, 3:56 pm.

Images, Film, TV, Music


Work itself:

Alston, Charles Henry. Walking. 1958, oil, paint and gesso on canvas, Smithsonian National Museum of African American  History and Culture, Washington, DC.

On the Web:

Cassat, Mary. The Child's Bath. 1893. Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago. The Art Story, Accessed 17 Aug 2008.

Art in Printed Work:

Goya, Francisco. The Family of Charles IV. 1800, Museo del Prado, Madrid. Gardener's Art Through the Ages, 10th ed., by Richard G. Tansey and Fred S. Kleiner, Harcourt Brace, p. 939.


The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Directed by David Fincher, performances by Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett,  Paramount Pictures, 2008.


Entire series:

Beau Willimon, creator. House of Cards, Netflix, 2013-2017.

Single episode:

"Chapter 40." House of Cards, season 4, episode 1, 4 Mar. 2016, Netflix, 


“Chapter 40.” House of Cards, created by Beau Wilimon, performance by Neve Campbell, season 4, episode 1,  Netflix, 2016.


Vivaldi, Antonio. The Four Seasons. Performance by Joshua Bell and Academy of St Martin in the Fields,   Sony Classical, 2008.

Beatles. "Can't buy me love." A Hard Day's Night, United Artists. 1964.

Citing Media

Once you get the hang of it, citing your sources will be the easiest part of completing your research papers and assignments. However, citing sources across digital platforms can sometimes be tricky. 

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