How to cite documentary in AMA

AMA documentary citation

To cite a documentary in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Producer(s) or Director(s): Give the last name, and initials of the director(s) and/or creator(s) (e.g. Watson J.).
  2. Title of the film: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  3. Format: Describe the type of format, e.g. DVD, video file, etc.
  4. Place of publication: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  5. Broadcasting company: Abbreviate the publisher's name.
  6. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a documentary in AMA style 11st edition:

Producer(s) or Director(s). Title of the film [Format]. Place of publication: Broadcasting company; Year of publication.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the AMA style guidelines in action:


A documentary with one director

West B, Cohen J. RBG [DVD]. United States: Magnolia Pictures; 2018.

A documentary with one director

Lears R. Knock Down the House [Video file]. Los Gatos, CA: Netflix Originals; 2019.

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