Videos in your essays

Posted on February 17, 2014 by Lesley Arnold

 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ry4BzonlVlw
ThePianoGuys.”The Cello Song – (Bach is back with 7 more cellos.)” YouTube. YouTube, 14 June 2011. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.
Recently a student found it interesting to support his ideas about the music of the Renaissance by submitting some examples of its use in YouTube videos. I thought it was a great idea! It can be very useful to include a YouTube video, in an answer to an assignment, to support a thought or idea you have.
Go ahead and give it a try! It is important to make sure that you use the proper name of the video and that you cite where it came from. Based on MLA standards for other media formats, Oak Meadow asks that you use the following format. Here is the most acceptable form for citing YouTube videos:
Author’s Name or Poster’s Username. “Title of Video.” Name of Website. Name of Website Publisher, date of posting. Medium. Date retrieved.

Here is an example of what that looks like:

Gravicembalo. “Italian Renaissance Music for Viola da Gamba Consort, La Gamba.” YouTube. YouTube, 2 June. 2012. Web. 10 Oct. 2013.
Make sure you include all the quotation marks, commas, italics, and periods in the proper places.

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