MLA Citation Guide for Media -- University of Oregon Libraries

MLA Citation Guide for Media

This guide provides examples for citing common sources in film and television studies. For additional sources and guidelines:

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Citation Example Type of Citation

It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell. RKO, 1946. Film.


It’s a Wonderful Life. Dir. Frank Capra. Perf. James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell. 1946. Republic, 2001. DVD.

DVD or Videocassette

Like Water for Chocolate [Como agua para chocolate]. Screenplay by Laura Esquivel. Dir. Alfonso Arau. Perf. Lumi Cavazos, Marco Lombardi, and Regina Torne. Miramax, 1993. Film.

Film dubbed or subtitled in English

Foxygen. “Shuggie.” We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic. Jagjaguwar, 2012. Music Video. Dir. Ulysses/Onasis. YouTube. 24 Jan. 2013. Web.

Music video

“The Buccaneers.” By Edith Wharton. Perf. Mira Sorvino, Alison Elliott, and Carla Gugino. 3 episodes. Masterpiece Theatre. Introd. Russell Baker. PBS. WGBH, Boston, 27 Apr.-11 May 1997. Television.

Television mini-series, broadcast

"The One About the Monkey." Friends. National Broadcasting Company. WOAI, San Antonio. 6 Feb. 2005. Television.

Television episode, broadcast

"The One About the Monkey." Friends. National Broadcasting Company. Netflix. Web. 23 Jan. 2012.

Television episode, online

"The One Where Chandler Can't Cry." Friends: The Complete Sixth Season. Writ. Andrew Reich and Ted Cohen. Dir. Kevin Bright. Warner Brothers, 2004. DVD.

Television episode, DVD

Mad Men: Season One. Created by Matthew Weiner. Perf. John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, January Jones, John Slattery, Vincent Kartheiser. Lionsgate, 2008. DVD.

Television Series, DVD

Blanchett, Cate. “In Character with: Cate Blanchett.” Notes on a Scandal. Dir. Richard Eyre. Fox Searchlight, 2006. DVD.


Tarantino, Quentin. Interview by Jimmy Kimmel. Jimmy Kimmel Live. ABC. WABC, New York. 20 Apr. 2004. Television.

Interview on Television or DVD

Chaplin, Charles, dir. Modern Times. Perf. Chaplin and Paulette Goddard. United Artists, 1936. Film.


Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer, adapt. A Room with a View. By E.M. Forster. Dir. James Ivory. Prod. Ismail Merchant. Perf. Maggie Smith, Denholm Eliot, Helena Bonham Carter, and Daniel Day-Lewis. Cinecom Intl., 1985. Film.

Citing the contribution of a particular individual in a film

Pringles potato chips. Advertisement. MTV. 19 Jan. 2005. Television.

TV commercial
Fame. Advertisement. 1980. Web. 10 Oct. 2012. Movie poster

The Great Train Robbery. Dir. Edward Porter. Thomas Edison, 1903. Internet Archive. Web. 5 June 2008.

Online video

"YouTube - Jane Eyre Movie Trailer Official (HD)." YouTube. Web. 16 Mar. 2011 <>.

Movie Trailer on the Web

Miles, Betty. Liner notes. Reds. Dir. Warren Beatty. Perf. Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Gene Hackman, and Maureen Stapleton. 1981. Paramount, 2006. DVD.

DVD Liner Notes

Pfeiffer, Michelle. Audio Commentary. Grease 2. Dir. Patricia Birch. Perf. Pfeiffer, Adrian Zmed, Maxwell Caulfield, Lorna Luft, and Maureen Teefy. 1982. Paramount, 2003. DVD.

DVD commentary

Troxel, Esmé P., Dir. From Fowl to Film: Making Turducken. Ulysses/Onasis Productions, 2012. Turducken the Film. Dir. Lance Alton Troxel. Perf. Chris Foraker, Shealynn Swift, Billy Reed, and Amy Callahan. Affinito Films, 2013. DVD.

"Making of" Documentary on a DVD

Athar, Sohaib (ReallyVirtual). “Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event).” 1 May 2011, 3:58 p.m. Tweet.


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Created by emp on Jan 25, 2013 Last updated Apr 23, 2015