How to cite a YouTube video in Harvard

Harvard YouTube video citation

To cite a YouTube video in a reference entry in Harvard style include the following elements:

  1. Owner of video: Name of the person/organisation posting the video.
  2. Year of upload: Indicate the year the video was posted.
  3. Title of the video: Give the title as presented in the source. Only the first letter of the first word and proper nouns are capitalized.
  4. Date uploaded: Indicate day and month the video was posted.
  5. URL: Give the full URL of the web page including the protocol (http:// or https://).
  6. Date of access: Give the day, month and year of access.

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a YouTube video in Harvard style:

Owner of video (Year of upload) Title of the video. Date uploaded, Available at: URL (Accessed: Date of access).

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


A YouTube video by a science channel

AsapSCIENCE. (2017) How To Learn Faster. 28 September. Available at: (Accessed: 27 November 2019).

A video on Vimeo by an individual filmmaker

Boyson, O. (2016) The Future of Cities. 12 December. Available at: (Accessed: 27 November 2019).

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