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How to cite a TED Talk in APA

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To cite a TED Talk from the TED website or from YouTube according to the APA 7th Edition citation style guide, you need the following information:

  • Author
  • Date
  • Title of the talk
  • The citation source, which is a video in this case
  • The name of the publisher (TED Conferences or Youtube)
  • The URL of the talk

How to Cite a TED Talk from the TED website in APA

To cite a TED Talk in APA Style, you must add the following in order:

  1. Author. Use the name of the speaker as the author
  2. Date. Provide as specific a date as possible; in the example, only the year and month are available
  3. Title of the talk (italicized)
  4. “[Video]” in square brackets after the title of the talk
  5. The name of the publisher (TED Conferences)
  6. Finally, the URL of the TED Talk

For example, if you want to cite the following Ted Talk:

The reference would look like this:

Grant A. (2021, August) How to stop languishing and start finding flow [Video]. TED Conferences https://www.ted.com/talks/adam_grant_how_to_stop_languishing_and_start_finding_flow

The in-text citation would look like this:

(Grant, 2021)

How to Cite a TED Talk from YouTube in APA

To cite a TED Talk from YouTube in APA Style, you must add the following in order:

  1. Author. Use the owner of the YouTube account (here, TED) as the author to aid in retrieval.
  2. Date. Provide as specific a date as possible
  3. Title of the talk (italicized)
  4. “[Video]” in square brackets after the title of the talk
  5. The name of the website (YouTube)
  6. Finally, the URL of the TED Talk

For example, if you want to cite the following Ted Talk:

The reference would look like this:

TED. (2015, November 23) How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed [Video]. Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jPQjjsBbIc

The in-text citation would look like this:

(TED, 2015)
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