How to cite a C-Span video in Chicago

Chicago style C-Span citation

To cite a C-Span video in a reference entry in Chicago style 17th edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of the video: Give the name or screen name of video creator. If none, start with title.
  2. Video title: Give the complete video title.
  3. Video length: Give the total length of the audio-visual source (e.g. 00:14:06).
  4. Date of release: Give the month, day and year of publication.
  5. URL: Give the full URL from the direct source. Include http:// or https://.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a C-Span video in Chicago style 17th edition:

Author(s) of the video. "Video title." C-Span video, Video length. Date of release. URL.

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


A regular C-Span video without an author

"LULAC Presidential Candidates Forum." C-SPAN video*,* 1:59:36. July 11, 2019.

A user-created C-Span video

JUSTINM2038. "Policing and Criminal Justice Reform." C-SPAN video*,* 12:11. September 22, 2016.

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